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Definitions for free

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word free.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. free, free peopleadjective

    people who are free

    "the home of the free and the brave"

  2. freeadjective

    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"

  3. freeadjective

    unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion

    "free expansion"; "free oxygen"; "a free electron"

  4. complimentary, costless, free, gratis(p), gratuitousadjective

    costing nothing

    "complimentary tickets"; "free admission"

  5. freeadjective

    not occupied or in use

    "a free locker"; "a free lane"

  6. detached, freeadjective

    not fixed in position

    "the detached shutter fell on him"; "he pulled his arm free and ran"

  7. freeadjective

    not held in servitude

    "after the Civil War he was a free man"

  8. spare, freeadjective

    not taken up by scheduled activities

    "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"

  9. barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocentadjective

    completely wanting or lacking

    "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"

  10. free, loose, liberalverb

    not literal

    "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"

  11. free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, looseverb

    grant freedom to; free from confinement

  12. rid, free, disembarrassverb

    relieve from

    "Rid the house of pests"

  13. dislodge, freeverb

    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"

  14. exempt, relieve, freeverb

    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

    "She exempted me from the exam"

  15. free, releaseverb

    make (information) available for publication

    "release the list with the names of the prisoners"

  16. free, dischargeverb

    free from obligations or duties

  17. free, disengageverb

    free or remove obstruction from

    "free a path across the cluttered floor"

  18. absolve, justify, freeverb

    let off the hook

    "I absolve you from this responsibility"

  19. release, relinquish, resign, free, give upverb

    part with a possession or right

    "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"

  20. release, free, liberateverb

    release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition

  21. unblock, unfreeze, free, releaseadverb

    make (assets) available

    "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"

  22. loose, freeadverb

    without restraint

    "cows in India are running loose"


  1. freenoun

    Abbreviation of free kick.

  2. freenoun

    free transfer

  3. freenoun

    The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.

  4. freeverb

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

  5. freeadverb

    Without needing to pay.

    I got this bike free.

  6. freeadjective

    Not imprisoned or enslaved.

    a free man

  7. freeadjective

    Obtainable without any payment.

    The government provides free health care.

  8. freeadjective

    Obtainable without additional payment, as a bonus given when paying for something else.

    Buy a TV to get a free DVD player!

  9. freeadjective


    He was given free rein to do whatever he wanted

  10. freeadjective

    Unconstrained by relators.

    The free group on three generators

  11. freeadjective

    Unconstrained by quantifiers.

    z is the free variable in "uE0005uE001".

  12. freeadjective

    Unobstructed, without blockages.

    The drain was free.

  13. freeadjective

    Not in use

    Go sit on this chair, it's free.

  14. freeadjective

    Without obligations.

    free time

  15. freeadjective

    With very few limitations on distribution or improvement.

    OpenOffice is free software.

  16. freeadjective

    Without; not containing (what is specified).

    We had a wholesome, filling meal, free of meat

  17. freeadjective

    Of identifiers, not bound.

  18. freeadjective

    Not attached; loose.

    In this group of mushrooms, the gills are free.

  19. freeadjective

    That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme.

  20. freeadjective

    Intended for release, as opposed to a checked version.

  21. Etymology: fre, from freo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FREEadjective

    Etymology: freah, Saxon; vry, Dutch.

    Do faithful homage, and receive free honours,
    All which we pine for now. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    A free nation is that which has never been conquered, or thereby entered into any conditions of subjection. William Temple.

    Free, what, and fetter’d with so many chains? Dryden.

    How can we think any one freer than to have the power to do what he will? John Locke.

    This wretched body trembles at your pow’r:
    Thus far could fortune; but she can no more:
    Free to herself my potent mind remains,
    Nor fears the victor’s rage, nor feels his chains. Matthew Prior.

    Set an unhappy pris’ner free,
    Who ne’er intended harm to thee. Matthew Prior.

    Their use of meats was not like unto our ceremonies, that being a matter of private action in common life, where every man was free to order that which himself did; but this is a publick constitution for the ordering of the church. Richard Hooker.

    It was free, and in my choice whether or no I should publish these discourses; yet the publication being once resolved, the dedication was not so indifferent. South.

    Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell:
    Not free, what proof could they have giv’n sincere
    Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love,
    Where only what they needs must do, appear’d;
    Not what they would? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii.

    Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free
    For me as for you? William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    Defaming as impure what God declares
    Pure; and commands to some, leaves free to all. John Milton.

    O conspiracy!
    Sham’st thou to shew thy dang’rous brow by night,
    When evils are most free? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Physicians are too free upon the subject, in the conversation of their friends. William Temple.

    The criticks have been very free in their censures. Henry Felton.

    I know there are to whose presumptuous thoughts
    Those freer beauties, ev’n in them, seem faults. Alexander Pope.

    ’Tis not to make me jealous;
    To say my wife is fair, feeds well, loves company,
    Is free of speech, sings, plays, and dances well,
    Where virtue is, these make more virtuous. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Castalio, I have doubts within my heart;
    Will you be free and candid to your friend? Thomas Otway, Orph.

    Being one day very free at a great feast, he suddenly broke forth into a great slaughter. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    Free and familiar with misfortune grow,
    Be us’d to sorrow, and inur’d to woe. Matthew Prior.

    Glo’ster too, a foe to citizens,
    O’ercharging your free purses with large fines,
    That seeks to overthrow religion. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    No statute in his favour says,
    How free or frugal I shall pass my days;
    I, who at sometimes spend as others spare. Alexander Pope, Horace.

    Alexandrian verses, of twelve syllables, should never be allowed but when some remarkable beauty or propriety in them atones for the liberty: Mr. John Dryden has been too free of these in his latter works. Alexander Pope.

    We wanted words to express our thanks: his noble free offers left us nothing to ask. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    Who alone suffers, suffers most i’ th’ mind,
    Leaving free things and happy shows behind. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Make mad the guilty, and appall the free,
    Confound the ign’rant. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    My hands are guilty, but my heart is free. Dryden.

    Are such allow’d infirmities, that honesty
    Is never free of. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Who fears not to do ill, yet fears the name;
    And free from conscience, is a slave to fame. John Denham.

    Let envy, then, those crimes within you see,
    From which the happy never must be free. Dryden.

    Their steeds around,
    Free from the harness, graze the flow’ry ground. Dryden.

    The will, free from the determination of such desires, is left to the pursuit of nearer satisfactions. John Locke.

    He therefore makes all birds of every sect
    Free of his farm, with promise to respect
    Their several kinds alike, and equally protect. Dryden.

    What do’st thou make a-shipboard? To what end
    Art thou of Bethlem’s noble college free?
    Stark-staring mad, that thou shou’dst tempt the sea? Dryd.

  2. To Freeverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    The child was prisoner to the womb, and is
    By law and process of great nature thence
    Free’d and enfranchis’d; not a party to
    The anger of the king, nor guilty of,
    If any be, the trespass of the queen. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    He recovered the temple, free’d the city, and upheld the laws which were going down. 2 Mac. ii. 22.

    Can’st thou no other master understand,
    Than him that free’d thee by the pretor’s wand? Dryden.

    Should thy coward tongue
    Spread its cold poison through the martial throng,
    My jav’lin shall revenge so base a part,
    And free the soul that quivers in thy heart. Alexander Pope.

    It is no marvail, that he could think of no better way to be free’d of these inconveniencies the passions of those meetings gave him, than to dissolve them. Edward Hyde.

    Free’d Erymanthus from the foaming boar. Dryden.

    Our land is from the rage of tygers free’d. John Dryden, Virg.

    The chaste Sibylla shall your steps convey,
    And blood of offer’d victims free the way. Dryden.

    Fierce was the fight; but hast’ning to his prey,
    By force the furious lover free’d his way. Dryden.

    We may again
    Give to our tables meat, sleep to our nights,
    Free from our feasts and banquets bloody knives. William Shakespeare.

    For he that is dead is free’d from sin. Rom. vi. 7.

    This master-key
    Frees every lock, and leads us to his person. Dryden.


  1. Free

    Free is a song by New Zealand indie pop duo Broods from their second studio album, Conscious (2016). It premiered via BBC Radio 1 on 30 March 2016 before being officially released to digital retailers via Capitol Records, Dryden Street, and Universal Music Australia on 1 April 2016 as the album's lead single. The song was serviced to American modern rock radio on 12 April 2016 through Capitol Records as the duo's third North American single.


  1. free

    Free generally refers to something that is not restricted or limited, and is available or accessible without any cost, obligation, or hindrance to the user or recipient. It can also refer to a state of being unconstrained or uninhibited.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Free

    exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one's own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one's own course of action; not dependent; at liberty

  2. Free

    not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty

  3. Free

    liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master

  4. Free

    not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go

  5. Free

    not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will

  6. Free

    clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent

  7. Free

    unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative

  8. Free

    unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense

  9. Free

    not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money

  10. Free

    exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; -- followed by from, or, rarely, by of

  11. Free

    characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy

  12. Free

    ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse

  13. Free

    invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; -- followed by of

  14. Free

    thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; -- said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed; as, a free school

  15. Free

    not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift

  16. Free

    not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; -- said of a government, institutions, etc

  17. Free

    certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage

  18. Free

    privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren

  19. Free

    not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells

  20. Freeadverb

    freely; willingly

  21. Freeadverb

    without charge; as, children admitted free

  22. Freeadjective

    to make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to release; to disengage; to clear; -- followed by from, and sometimes by off; as, to free a captive or a slave; to be freed of these inconveniences

  23. Freeadjective

    to remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of

  24. Freeadjective

    to frank

  25. Etymology: [OE. freen, freoien, AS. fregan. See Free, a.]


  1. Free

    Free was an English rock band formed in London in 1968 best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums. Lead guitarist Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler and died from a drug-induced heart failure at the age of 25 in 1976. Bassist Andy Fraser formed Sharks. The band was famed for its sensational live shows and nonstop touring. However, early studio albums did not sell very well – until the release of Fire and Water which featured the massive hit "All Right Now". The song helped secure them a place at the huge Isle of Wight Festival 1970 where they played to 600,000 people. By the early 1970s, Free was one of the biggest-selling British blues-rock groups; by the time the band dissolved in 1973, they had sold more than 20 million albums around the world and had played more than 700 arena and festival concerts. "All Right Now," remains a rock staple, and had been entered into ASCAP's "One Million" airplay singles club. Rolling Stone has referred to the band as "British hard rock pioneers". The magazine ranked Rodgers No. 55 in its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", while Kossoff was ranked No. 51 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Free

    frē, adj. not bound: at liberty: not under arbitrary government: unimpeded: set at liberty: guiltless: frank: lavish: not attached: exempt (with from): having a franchise (with of): gratuitous: bold, indecent: idiomatic, as a translation.—v.t. to set at liberty: to deliver from what confines: to rid (with from, of):—pr.p. free′ing; pa.p. freed.—ns. Free′-ag′ency, state or power of acting freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will; Free′-ag′ent; Free′-and-eas′y, a kind of public-house club where good fellows gather to smoke and sing; Free′-bench, a widow's right to dower out of her husband's lands, so long as unmarried and chaste; Free′-board, the space between a vessel's line of flotation and the upper side of the deck; Free′booter (Dut. vrijbuiter), one who roves about freely in search of booty: a plunderer; Free′bootery.—adj. Free′booting, acting the part of a freebooter: robbing.—n. the practice of a freebooter: robbery, pillage.—n. Free′booty.—adj. Free′born, born of free parents.—ns. Free′-cit′y, a city having independent government; Free′-cost, freedom from charges; Freed′man, a man who has been a slave, and has been freed or set free; Free′dom, liberty: frankness: separation: privileges connected with a city: improper familiarity: license; Free′-fish′er, one who has a right to take fish in certain waters.—adjs. Free-foot′ed (Shak.) not restrained in movement; Free′-hand, applied to drawing by the unguided hand; Free′-hand′ed, open-handed: liberal; Free′-heart′ed, open-hearted: liberal.—ns. Free′-heart′edness, liberality: frankness; Free′hold, a property held free of duty except to the king; Free′holder, one who possesses a freehold; Free′-lā′bour, voluntary, not slave, labour; Free′-lance, one of certain roving companies of knights and men-at-arms, who after the Crusades wandered about Europe, selling their services to any one; Free′-liv′er, one who freely indulges his appetite for eating and drinking: a glutton; Free′-love, the claim to freedom in sexual relations, unshackled by marriage or obligation to aliment.—adv. Free′ly.—ns. Free′man, a man who is free or enjoys liberty: one who holds a particular franchise or privilege:—pl. Free′men; Free′māson, one of a secret society of so-called speculative masons, united in lodges for social enjoyment and mutual assistance, and laying dubious claim to a connection with the medieval organisations of free operative masons.—adj. Freemason′ic.—n. Freemā′sonry, the institutions, practices, &c. of Freemasons.—adj. Free′-mind′ed, with a mind free or unperplexed: without a load of care.—ns. Free′ness; Free′-port, a port where no duties are levied on articles of commerce; Free′-school, a school where no tuition fees are exacted; Free′-shot (Ger. Freischütz), the name given to a legendary hunter and marksman who gets a number of bullets (Freikugeln) from the devil, six of which always hit the mark, while the seventh is at the disposal of the devil himself.—adjs. Free′-soil, in favour of free territory, opposed to slavery; Free′-spōk′en, accustomed to speak without reserve.—ns. Free′-spōk′enness; Free′stone, an easily quarried stone composed of sand or grit.—adj. having a stone from which the pulp easily separates, as a peach—opp. to Clingstone.—adj. Free′-swim′ming, swimming freely, as an aquatic animal.—ns. Free′thinker, one who professes to be free from conventional authority in religion: a rationalist; Free′thinking, Free′-thought, the habit of mind of a freethinker.—adj. Free′-tongued, free-spoken.—ns. Free′-trade, free or unrestricted trade: free interchange of commodities without protective duties; Free′-trad′er, one who practises or advocates this; Free′-will, freedom of the will from restraint: liberty of choice: power of self-determination.—adj. spontaneous.—Free-cell formation, the formation of several cells from and in the protoplasm of the mother-cell; Free Church, that branch of the Presbyterians in Scotland which left the Established Church in the Disruption of 1843, finding spiritual independence impossible within it: a church whose sittings are open to all: (pl.) a term often applied to the Nonconformist churches generally; Free list, the list of persons admitted without payment to a theatre, &c., or of those to whom a book, &c., is sent; Free on board (F.O.B.), a phrase meaning that goods are to be delivered on the vessel or other conveyance without charge.—Free States, in America, before the Civil War of 1861-65, those of the United States in which slavery did not exist, as opposed to Slave States.—Make free with, to take undue liberties with. [A.S. freo; Ger. frei, Ice. frí.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. free

    A vessel is said to be going free when the bowlines are slacked and the sheets eased; beyond this is termed large. (See SAILING LARGE.)

Editors Contribution

  1. free

    To give or share from our heart.

    Some people like to grow food in their garden and put it on the road in baskets to share for free with others, they get joy from growing it and knowing that people get joy from receiving it.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2017  

  2. free

    To grant freedom to.

    We know the joy that comes when people are free.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 16, 2020  

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  1. free

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  2. FREE

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  1. Free

    unrestricted in movement: not firmly joined with or united to any other part: said of pupae when all the parts and appendages are separately encased as in Coleopteran.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FREE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Free is ranked #3586 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Free surname appeared 9,923 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Free.

    86.8% or 8,615 total occurrences were White.
    7.9% or 784 total occurrences were Black.
    1.7% or 176 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 152 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.5% or 152 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 44 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'free' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #459

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'free' in Written Corpus Frequency: #729

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'free' in Verbs Frequency: #664

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'free' in Adjectives Frequency: #49

Anagrams for free »

  1. fere

  2. reef

  3. feer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of free in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of free in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of free in a Sentence

  1. Rachel Dolezal:

    After that comes out, then I'll feel a little bit more free to reveal my life in the racial social-justice movement, i'm looking for the quickest way back to that, but I don't feel like I am probably going to be able to re-enter that work with the type of leadership required to make change if I don't have something like a published explanation.

  2. Corey Gordon:

    There are 15 million children living at or below poverty, and there are approximately 30 million students who are receiving free and reduced lunch through the federal program.

  3. Charles Dickens:

    I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.

  4. Mina Thabet:

    They use some words that are used in Muslim prayers, but they are in no way being disrespectful to Islam, and even if they were, they should have the right to free speech – but in Egypt we have this law.

  5. Sheriff Chip Simmons:

    She fought and she fought and she fought, until finally she was able to break free from her would-be captor.

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    A eloquent
    B ravening
    C omnifarious
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