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English definition of “free”

free

adjective (GIVING/USING OFTEN)    /friː/
free with giving or using often or in large amounts: He's rather free with his wife's money. She's very free with advice but she never seems to act on it herself. He's very free with his criticism!Generous and charitableCharity organizations make free with disapproving to use something that belongs to someone else a lot: Don't her parents mind her making free with their house while they're on holiday?Using and misusing
(Definition of free adjective (GIVING/USING OFTEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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