Meaning of “freely” in the English Dictionary

"freely" in British English

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uk /ˈfriː.li/ 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 their experiences.

More examples

  • Throughout the Cold War, the Allies asserted their right to move freely between the two Berlins.
  • A pluralist society allows its members to express their beliefs freely.
  • The hens range freely about the farm.
  • They promised that individuals could live freely without fear of reprisal from the military.
  • 'Without let or hindrance' is a legal term that means 'freely'.

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

"freely" in American English

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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 (= talk honestly).

freely adverb (WITHOUT BEING HELD )

without being physically held or trapped:

The steering wheel should move freely.

(Definition of “freely” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)