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Meaning of “freely” in the English Dictionary

"freely" in British English

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freelyadverb

uk   us   /ˈfriː.li/
  • freely adverb (NOT LIMITED)

B2 without being ​controlled or ​limited: For the first ​time in ​months she could ​move freely. Exotic ​foods are freely ​available in ​supermarkets. She freely (= ​willingly) admits that she's not as ​fast a ​runner as she used to be. We ​encourage the ​victims to ​talk freely (= ​talk a lot and ​honestly) about ​theirexperiences.

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(Definition of freely from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freely" in American English

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freelyadverb

 us   /ˈfri·li/
  • freely adverb (WITHOUT LIMITS)

without being ​controlled or ​limited: The ​animals are ​allowed to ​roam freely ​instead of being ​kept in ​cages. Everyone is ​encouraged to ​speak freely (= ​talkhonestly).
  • freely adverb (WITHOUT BEING HELD )

without being ​physicallyheld or trapped: The ​steeringwheel should move freely.
(Definition of freely from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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