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free

adjective, adverb  us   /fri/

free adjective, adverb (NOT LIMITED)

[-er/-est only] not limited or controlled: [+ to infinitive] You are free to come and go as you please. [+ to infinitive] Please feel free to ask questions. Free elections will be held in two months.

free adjective, adverb (NOT IN PRISON)

not or no longer a prisoner or an enslaved person: She left the court a free woman. In the 1700s, Mamaroneck was home to a free black community.

free adjective, adverb (NO CHARGE)

[not gradable] costing nothing; not needing to be paid for: When you buy a dinner for over $10, you get a soda free. We will install your washing machine free of charge (= without cost).

free adjective, adverb (NOT HELD)

[-er/-est only] not held in a fixed position or not joined to anything: He grabbed the free end of the rope. Mechanics checked the plane to see if any of the bolts had worked themselves free.

free

adjective  us   /fri/

free adjective (NOT BUSY)

[not gradable] not doing anything planned or important, or not being used: We have plans for Friday night but we’re free the rest of the weekend. I do a lot of reading in my free time.

free adjective (WITHOUT)

[-er/-est only] not having something that is unwanted or unpleasant: After many months of treatment, she was declared free of disease.

free

verb  us   /fri/

free verb (RELEASE FROM PRISON)

[T] to allow someone to leave a prison or place where they have been kept: The hostages were all freed.

free verb (RELEASE FROM LIMITS)

[T] to release someone or something from limits or controls: [+ to infinitive] The inheritance freed him to travel.

free verb (RELEASE FROM DUTY)

[T always + adv/prep] to release someone from something that is unwanted or unpleasant: He longed to be freed of all his obligations.

free verb (MAKE LOOSE)

[T] to release someone or something that is physically held or trapped: They worked to free the man trapped in the wreckage of his car.
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