free /friː/ verb [T] (present participle freeing, past tense and past participle freed)
ALLOW TO LEAVE › to allow someone to leave a prison or place where they have been kept: The last hostages were finally freed yesterday.
GET OUT › to get someone out of a situation or place that they cannot escape from: Firefighters worked for two hours to free the driver from the wreckage.
TAKE AWAY › to help someone by taking something unpleasant away from them: The book's success freed her from her financial worries.
MAKE AVAILABLE (also free up) › to make something available for someone to use: I need to free up some space for these files.