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"freelance" in British English

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freelanceadjective, adverb

uk   /ˈfriː.lɑːns/  us   /-læns/
doing ​particularpieces of ​work for different ​organizations, ​rather than ​working all the ​time for a ​singleorganization: Most of the ​journalists I ​know are/​work freelance. a freelance ​artist

freelancenoun [C]

uk   /ˈfriː.lɑːns/  us   /-læns/ (also freelancer) UK
someone who does ​particularpieces of ​work for different ​organizations, ​rather than ​working all the ​time for a ​singleorganization: The ​firmemploys several freelances.

freelanceverb [I]

uk   /ˈfriː.lɑːns/  us   /-læns/
to do ​pieces of ​work for different ​organizations, ​rather than ​working all the ​time for a ​singleorganization: I would ​rather freelance from ​home than ​work in an ​office.
(Definition of freelance from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freelance" in American English

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freelanceadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfriˌlæns/
workingindependently usually for ​variousorganizationsrather than as an ​employee of a ​particular one: a freelance ​musician/​photographer/​writer
freelance
verb [I]  us   /ˈfriˌlæns/
She freelanced for ​years while her ​children were in ​school.
freelancer
noun [C]  us   /ˈfriˌlæn·sər/ (also freelance,  /ˈfriˌlæns/ )
(Definition of freelance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"freelance" in Business English

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freelanceadverb

uk   /ˈfriːlɑːns/  us   /ˈfriːlæns/ WORKPLACE
if you ​work freelance, you ​work for yourself and do ​projects with different ​companies rather than being a ​companyemployee: She set up her own editorial ​business and now works freelance from ​home. After ten ​years in ​corporateadvertising he decided to go freelance.

freelanceadjective

uk   /ˈfriːlɑːns/  us   /ˈfriːlæns/ WORKPLACE
used to describe a ​freelancer or the ​work done by a ​freelancer: a freelance ​writer/journalist/​designerfreelance work/job/contract She took on several freelance writing ​jobs before ​landing a ​full-timeposition at the ​newspaper.

freelanceverb [I]

uk   /ˈfriːlɑːns/  us   /ˈfriːlæns/ WORKPLACE
to ​work for yourself and do ​projects with different ​companies rather than being a ​companyemployee: freelance for/with sb Jones continues to freelance for the radio ​station despite ​officiallyretiring two ​years ago.

freelancenoun

uk   /ˈfriːlɑːns/  us   /ˈfriːlæns/ UK WORKPLACE
→  freelancer
(Definition of freelance from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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