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Dictionary Definition

free adj
1 able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint; "free enterprise"; "a free port"; "a free country"; "I have an hour free"; "free will"; "free of racism"; "feel free to stay as long as you wish"; "a free choice" [ant: unfree]
2 unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion; "free expansion"; "free oxygen"; "a free electron" [ant: bound]
3 costing nothing; "complimentary tickets" [syn: complimentary, costless, gratis(p), gratuitous]
4 not occupied or in use; "a free locker"; "a free lane"
5 not fixed in position; "the detached shutter fell on him"; "he pulled his arm free and ran" [syn: detached]
6 not held in servitude; "after the Civil War he was a free man" [ant: slave(a)]
7 not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands" [syn: spare]
8 not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem" [syn: loose, liberal] n : people who are free; "the home of the free and the brave" [syn: free people] adv : without restraint; "cows in India are running loose" [syn: loose]


1 grant freedom to; free from confinement [syn: liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose] [ant: confine]
2 relieve from; "Rid the the house of pests" [syn: rid, disembarrass]
3 remove or force out from a position; "The dentist dislodged the piece of food that had been stuck under my gums"; "He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble" [syn: dislodge] [ant: lodge]
4 grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam" [syn: exempt, relieve] [ant: enforce]
5 make (information) available publication; "release the list with the names of the prisoners" [syn: release]
6 free from obligations or duties [syn: discharge]
7 free or remove obstruction from; "free a path across the cluttered floor" [syn: disengage] [ant: obstruct]
8 let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility" [syn: absolve, justify] [ant: blame]
9 part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne" [syn: release, relinquish, resign, give up]
10 make (assets) available; "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account" [syn: unblock, unfreeze, release] [ant: freeze, freeze] [also: freest, freer]

User Contributed Dictionary



fre < freo.


  • /fɹiː/, /fri:/
  • Rhymes with: -iː


  1. Not imprisoned or enslaved.
    a free man
  2. Obtainable without payment.
    All drinks are free
  3. Unconstrained.
    He was given free rein to do whatever he wanted
    The free group on three generators
  4. Unobstructed, without blockages.
    the drain was free
  5. Without obligations.
    free time
  6. With very few limitations on distribution or improvement compared to proprietary software.
    free software
  7. To be released.
    We set the rabbit free
  8. Being absent from it.
    We had a wholesome, filling meal, free of meat
  9. Of identifiers, not bound.
  10. Not attached to the stipe.
    In this group of mushrooms, the gills are free.



not imprisoned
obtainable without payment
without obligations
  • Albanian: pazënë (i/e)
  • Bambara: hɔrɔn
  • Catalan: liure
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (yóude)
  • Croatian: slobodan
  • Czech: volný
  • Danish: fri
  • Dutch: vrij, ongedwongen
  • Esperanto: libera
  • Estonian: vaba
  • Finnish: vapaa
  • French: libre
  • German: frei
  • Greek: ελεύθερος, απαλλαγμένος (free from)
  • Hebrew: ,
  • Hungarian: szabad
  • Ido: libera
  • Interlingua: libere
  • Italian: libero
  • Japanese: 自由, jiyū}}, 勝手, katte}}
  • Korean: 자의
  • Kurdish:
    Kurmanji: azad, serbest
  • Limburgish: vrie
  • Norwegian: fri, ledig
  • Novial: liberi
  • Old English: freo
  • Polish: wolny
  • Portuguese: livre
  • Romanian: liber
  • Russian: свободный
  • Serbian: bezobavezno
  • Sindhi: ;
  • Slovenian: prost
  • Spanish: libre
  • Swedish: fri
  • Turkish: serbest
of software, guaranteeing freedom to users and developers
  • Albanian: lirë (i/e)
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (yóude)
  • Croatian: oslobođen, pušten
  • Finnish: vapaa
  • German: entlassen, befreit
  • Polish: wolny
  • Russian: свободный, освобождённый
  • Swedish: fri, lös, släppt
  • West Frisian: frijlitten, befrijt
being absent from it


  1. In a way which is free, especially with regard to contraints or price.
    I got this bike free.


in a way which is free
  • Albanian: falas
  • Finnish: ilmaiseksi
  • French: gratis, gratos
  • Russian: свободно, бесплатно


  1. To make free; set at liberty; release; rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, or oppresses.


make free


  1. Abbreviation of free kick.
    2006: Whether deserved or not, the free gave Cresswell the chance to cover himself in glory with a shot on goal after the siren.


abbreviation of free kick
  • Finnish: vapari
  • German: Freistoss


See also

Extensive Definition

Free may refer to:

Arts and philosophy


  • free (programming), a function that releases dynamically allocated memory for reuse
  • Freefont, an open font project
  • Free software, software usable without restriction and distributable as such
  • Freeware, a broader class of software available at no cost or for an optional fee
  • Full Reactive Eyes Entertainment, a description of the Shenmue game series



Public services

See also

  • Gratis versus Libre, a dichotomy illustrated by the phrase "free as in speech, not as in beer"
free in French: Free (homonymie)
free in Italian: Free (disambigua)
free in Dutch: Free
free in Simple English: Free

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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idle, in the clear, independent, individualistic, informal, ingenuous, intermit, jobless, justify, large, largehearted, lavish, leisure, leisured, let go, let loose, let off, let out, let up, liberal, liberate, liberated, licentious, loose, loosely, loosen, lumpen, magnanimous, manifest, manumit, munificent, naked, natural, newsy, nonmandatory, nonpros, off, off duty, off work, offered, on one, on parole, on the house, on the loose, open, open-handed, openhanded, openhearted, openly, optional, out, out of, out of employ, out of harness, out of work, outgoing, outright, outspoken, pardon, parole, patefy, permitted, plain, plain-spoken, princely, proffered, profligate, profuse, purge, purge away, quash the charge, quit, quit of, rakehell, rakehellish, rakehelly, rakish, ransom, recover, redeem, redeemed, relax, relaxed, release, released, relieve, remise, remit, remove, reprieve, rescue, rescued, retired, retrieve, reveal, rickety, rid, rid of, round, runaway, salvage, save, save the necessity, scatter, scot-free, self-acting, self-active, self-determined, self-determining, self-directing, self-governed, self-governing, self-revealing, self-revelatory, semiretired, separate, set at large, set at liberty, set free, shaky, shed of, shrive, shut of, sincere, slack, slack off, slacken, sociable, sovereign, spare, spontaneous, spring, sprung, stintless, straight, straight-out, straightforward, suspend, take off, talkative, tear loose, tenantless, to his heirs, transparent, unanchored, unasked, unattached, unbar, unbesought, unbidden, unbind, unblock, unbolt, unbought, unbound, unbridled, unbuckle, unburden, unbutton, uncage, uncalled-for, uncase, unceremonious, unchain, unchained, unchecked, unclasp, unclench, unclog, unclogged, unclosed, unclutch, unclutter, uncoerced, uncommitted, uncompelled, unconditional, unconditioned, unconfined, unconstrained, uncontrolled, uncork, uncover, uncovered, uncurtain, undo, undone, undrape, unemployable, unemployed, unencumbered, unengaged, unenslaved, unequivocal, unfasten, unfastened, unfetter, unfettered, unfilled, unfixed, unfold, unforced, unfoul, unglue, ungrudging, unguarded, unhampered, unhidden, unhindered, unimpeded, uninfluenced, uninhabited, uninhibited, uninvited, uninvolved, unknot, unlace, unlatch, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen, unmanned, unobstructed, unoccupied, unpaid-for, unpeopled, unplug, unpopulated, unpressured, unprompted, unravel, unrepressed, unrequested, unrequired, unreserved, unreservedly, unrestrained, unrestricted, unreticent, unroll, unscramble, unseal, unsecretive, unselfish, unshackle, unshackled, unsheathe, unshrinking, unshut, unsilent, unsnarl, unsolicited, unsought, unsparing, unstaffed, unstick, unstinted, unstinting, unstop, unstopped, unstrap, unstuck, unsuppressed, untaken, untangle, untaxed, untenanted, untended, untie, untied, unused, unveil, unwrap, vacant, vindicate, voluntary, volunteer, weigh anchor, well out of, whitewash, wide-open, wild, willful, with abandon, withdraw the charge, without, without charge, without restraint, without stint
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