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Princeton's WordNet

  1. freelyadverb

    in a free manner

    "the painting featured freely brushed strokes"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Freelyadverb

    Etymology: from free.

    If my son were my husband, I would freelier rejoice in that absence wherein he won honour, than in the embracements of his bed, where he would shew most love. William Shakespeare, Coriolan.

    I pledge your grace; and if you knew what pains
    I have bestow’d to breed this present peace,
    You would drink freely. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Let such teach others who themselves excel,
    And censure freely who have written well. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Crit.

    To follow rather the Goths in rhyming than the Greeks in true versifying, were even to eat acorns with swine, when we may freely eat wheat-bread among men. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    The path to peace is virtue: what I show,
    Thyself may freely on thyself bestow:
    Fortune was never worshipp’d by the wise;
    But, set aloft by fools, usurps the skies. John Dryden, Juv. Sat.

    Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. John Milton.

    He leaves us to chuse with the liberty of reasonable beings: they who comply with his grace, comply with it freely; and they who reject it, do also freely reject it. John Rogers, Sermons.

    By nature all things have an equally common use: nature freely and indifferently opens the bosom of the universe to all mankind. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. freely

    Freely means being able to conduct oneself or perform an action willingly, without any restrictions, constraints, or inhibitions. It refers to a situation where one is not controlled or restricted, has free will or freedom to do something at their discretion. It can also refer to being open, abundant or unlimited in a particular situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Freelyadverb

    in a free manner; without restraint or compulsion; abundantly; gratuitously

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Freely is ranked #81458 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Freely surname appeared 232 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Freely.

    65.9% or 153 total occurrences were White.
    27.1% or 63 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'freely' in Adverbs Frequency: #336

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of freely in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of freely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of freely in a Sentence

  1. Erika Miller:

    I do find it curious the amount of opprobrium and time that protesters dedicate to the freely elected leader of a free country, that they don't direct towards the visit of somebody like the president of China.

  2. Mike Pompeo:

    We once again call on Beijing to cease all harassment of Uighurs living outside of China... and to allow families to communicate freely without repercussions.

  3. Georgia Ernie Els:

    I've been struggling all year with injuries, niggles here and there (but now) I can swing freely, hopefully, touch wood, it stays.

  4. Greg Kandra:

    What we have now is people freely expressing their outrage on Facebook and Twitter, the anger is palpable. This is like 2002 on steroids.

  5. Ibrahim Nseir:

    Our society in Syria was never perfect, but we were worshipping our God freely and we were respected, we need Christians to stay in this country where Christianity started and if they have left to come back, but they need to know their cities are safe before they can do that.

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    of persons; taken advantage of
    A brilliant
    B victimised
    C obnoxious
    D noninvasive

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