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English definition of “free”

free

adjective
 
 
/friː/
NOT CONTROLLED B2 able to live, happen, or exist without being controlled by anyone or anything: free trade a free society [+ to do sth] People should be free to say what they think.Freedom to actOpportunity
NO COST A2 not costing any money: a free sample of perfume Entry is free for children under 12. Children get into the museum free of charge.Costing or worth little or no money
NOT A PRISONER B2 not in prison or in a cage: He opened the cage and set the birds free.Freedom to actOpportunity
NOT BUSY A2 not busy doing anything: Are you free this evening? I don't have much free time.Available and accessiblePresent
NOT USED not being used by anyone: Is this seat free?Available and accessiblePresent
free from/of sth not containing or having anything harmful or unpleasant: a life free from painLacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
→ See also duty-free, a free hand, free rein, tax-free, toll-free, feel free
(Definition of free adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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