Meaning of “freelance” in the English Dictionary

"freelance" in British English

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freelanceadjective, adverb

uk /ˈfriː.lɑːns/ us /ˈfriː.læns/

freelancenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfriː.lɑːns/ us /ˈfriː.læns/ also freelancer UK

freelanceverb [ I ]

uk /ˈfriː.lɑːns/ us /ˈfriː.læns/

(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/
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 company employee:

She set up her own editorial business and now works freelance from home.
After ten years in corporate advertising 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/designer
freelance work/job/contract She took on several freelance writing jobs before landing a full-time position at the newspaper.

freelanceverb [ I ]

uk /ˈfriːlɑːns/ us /ˈfriːlæns/ WORKPLACE

to work for yourself and do projects with different companies rather than being a company employee:

freelance for/with sb Jones continues to freelance for the radio station despite officially retiring two years ago.

freelancenoun

uk /ˈfriːlɑːns/ us /ˈfriːlæns/ UK WORKPLACE

→  freelancer

(Definition of “freelance” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)