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Meaning of “freedom” in the English Dictionary

"freedom" in British English

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freedomnoun

uk   us   /ˈfriː.dəm/
B2 [C or U] the ​condition or ​right of being ​able or ​allowed to do, say, ​think, etc. whatever you ​want to, without being ​controlled or ​limited: I ​felt such a ​sense of freedom, up in the ​hillsalone. Children are ​allowed much more freedom these ​days. [+ to infinitive] In ​college, you have the freedom to do what you ​want. Everyone should be ​allowed freedom of ​choice (= the ​ability to make ​their own ​choices). Freedom of ​speech and freedom of ​thought (= the ​ability to say and ​think whatever you ​want) were both ​denied under the ​dictatorship. They are ​campaigning for freedom of ​information (= for any ​information to be ​allowed to be given to anyone who ​wants it). We ​demand freedom frominjustice/​persecution (= the ​condition of not having to ​suffer these things).
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[C] a ​right to ​act in the way you ​think you should: Being ​able to ​vote as you ​want to is an ​importantpolitical/​democratic freedom. [U] the ​state of not being in ​prison: They ​regainedtheir freedom after ten ​years of ​unjustimprisonment.give sb the freedom of UK to ​honour someone by giving them ​specialrights in a ​particularcity
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(Definition of freedom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freedom" in American English

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freedomnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈfri·dəm/
the ​condition or ​right of being ​able or ​allowed to do whatever you ​want to, without being ​controlled or ​limited: freedom of ​speech If ​children aren’t ​allowed some freedom, they won’t ​learn to be ​independent. [U] We were ​promised freedom from ​persecution. Freedom is also the ​state of not being in ​prison or in the ​condition of ​slavery (= ​condition of being ​legallyowned by someone ​else). US history Freedoms are ​rights given by the ​constitution and the ​Bill of ​Rights, such as the freedom of ​speech (= the ​right to say and write what you ​believe or ​think, with some limitations) and freedom of ​religion (= the ​right to ​worship or to take ​part in a ​religion).
(Definition of freedom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “freedom”
in Arabic حُرِّيّة…
in Korean 자유…
in Portuguese liberdade…
in Catalan llibertat…
in Japanese 自由…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自由, 不受限制, 自主…
in Turkish özgürlük, bağımsızlık, hürriyet…
in Russian свобода, освобождение (из тюрьмы)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自由, 不受限制, 自主…
in Italian libertà…
in Polish wolność, swoboda…
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