Definitions for: Free


[n] people who are free; "the home of the free and the brave"
[adj] (chemistry and physics) unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion; "free expansion"; "free oxygen"; "a free electron"
[adj] not fixed in position; "the detached shutter fell on him"; "he pulled his arm free and ran"
[adj] 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"
[adv] without restraint; "cows in India are running loose"
[adj] not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"
[adj] not held in servitude; "after the Civil War he was a free man"
[adj] not occupied or in use; "a free locker"; "a free lane"
[adj] not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"
[adj] costing nothing; "complimentary tickets"
[v] make available, as of assets; or free for sale or publication
[v] let off the hook; "I absolve you from this responsibility"
[v] free or remove obstruction from
[v] 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"
[v] part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"
[v] relieve from; "Rid the the house of pests"
[v] grant freedom to; free from confinement
[v] free from obligations or duties
[v] make available or free for sale or publication
[v] grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to; "She exempted me from the exam"



Webster (1913) Definition: Free (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. Freer (-[~e]r); superl.
Freest (-[e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre['o], fr[=i];
akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i],
Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved,
dear, fr. pr[=i] to love, Goth. frij[=o]n. Cf. Affray,
Belfry, Friday, Friend, Frith inclosure.]
1. 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.

That which has the power, or not the power, to
operate, is that alone which is or is not free.
--Locke.

2. 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. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control
of parents, guardian, or master.

4. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest;
liberated; at liberty to go.

Set an unhappy prisoner free. --Prior.

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

Not free, what proof could they have given sincere
Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love.
--Milton.

6. Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.

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

7. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved;
ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.

He was free only with a few. --Milward.

8. Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a
bad sense.

The critics have been very free in their censures.
--Felton.

A man may live a free life as to wine or women.
--Shelley.

9. Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish;
as, free with his money.

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

Princes declaring themselves free from the
obligations of their treaties. --Bp. Burnet.

11. Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming;
easy.

12. Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping;
spirited; as, a free horse.

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

He therefore makes all birds, of every sect, Free
of his farm. --Dryden.

14. 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.

Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For
me as for you? --Shak.

15. Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous;
spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.

16. 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. (O. Eng. Law) Certain or honorable; the opposite of base;
as, free service; free socage. --Burrill.

18. (Law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common;
as, a free fishery; a free warren. --Burrill.

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

Free agency, the capacity or power of choosing or acting
freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will.


Free bench (Eng. Law), a widow's right in the copyhold
lands of her husband, corresponding to dower in freeholds.


Free board (Naut.), a vessel's side between water line and
gunwale.

Free bond (Chem.), an unsaturated or unemployed unit, or
bond, of affinity or valence, of an atom or radical.

Free-borough men (O.Eng. Law). See Friborg.

Free chapel (Eccles.), a chapel not subject to the
jurisdiction of the ordinary, having been founded by the
king or by a subject specially authorized. [Eng.]
--Bouvier.

Free charge (Elec.), a charge of electricity in the free or
statical condition; free electricity.

Free church.
(a) A church whose sittings are for all and without
charge.
(b) An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of
Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the
government in spiritual matters.

Free city, or Free town, a city or town independent in
its government and franchises, as formerly those of the
Hanseatic league.

Free cost, freedom from charges or expenses. --South.

Free and easy, unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of
formalities. [Colloq.] ``Sal and her free and easy ways.''
--W. Black.

Free goods, goods admitted into a country free of duty.

Free labor, the labor of freemen, as distinguished from
that of slaves.

Free port. (Com.)
(a) A port where goods may be received and shipped free
of custom duty.
(b) A port where goods of all kinds are received from
ships of all nations at equal rates of duty.

Free public house, in England, a tavern not belonging to a
brewer, so that the landlord is free to brew his own beer
or purchase where he chooses. --Simmonds.

Free school.
(a) A school to which pupils are admitted without
discrimination and on an equal footing.
(b) A school supported by general taxation, by
endowmants, etc., where pupils pay nothing for
tuition; a public school.

Free services (O.Eng. Law), such feudal services as were
not unbecoming the character of a soldier or a freemen to
perform; as, to serve under his lord in war, to pay a sum
of money, etc. --Burrill.

Free ships, ships of neutral nations, which in time of war
are free from capture even though carrying enemy's goods.


Free socage (O.Eng. Law), a feudal tenure held by certain
services which, though honorable, were not military.
--Abbott.

Free States, those of the United States before the Civil
War, in which slavery had ceased to exist, or had never
existed.

Free stuff (Carp.), timber free from knots; clear stuff.

Free thought, that which is thought independently of the
authority of others.

Free trade, commerce unrestricted by duties or tariff
regulations.

Free trader, one who believes in free trade.

To make free with, to take liberties with; to help one's
self to. [Colloq.]

To sail free (Naut.), to sail with the yards not braced in
as sharp as when sailing closehauled, or close to the
wind.


Free, adv.
1. Freely; willingly. [Obs.]

I as free forgive you As I would be forgiven.
--Shak.

2. Without charge; as, children admitted free.


Free, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Freeing.] [OE. freen, freoien, AS. fre['o]gan. See Free,
a.]
1. 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. --Clarendon.

Our land is from the rage of tigers freed. --Dryden.

Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke.
--Milton.

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

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

3. To frank. [Obs.] --Johnson.

Synonyms: absolve, at large(p), at liberty(p), atrip, autonomous, available, aweigh, clear(p), complimentary, costless, detached, discharge, discharged, disembarrass, disengage, disentangled, dislodge, emancipated, escaped, exempt, extricated, footloose, free of(p), free people, freeborn, freed, free-soil, give up, gratis(p), gratuitous, independent, inexact, justify, liberal, liberate, liberated, loose, loose, loose, on the loose(p), out-of-school, quit(p), release, release, release, released, relinquish, resign, rid, rid(p), self-governing, slaveless, sovereign, spare, unblock, unbound, uncommitted, unconfined, unconstrained, unfixed, unfreeze, unhampered, unimprisoned, unloose, unloosen, unoccupied, unpaid, unrestricted

Antonyms: apply, blame, block, block, bound, close up, confine, deposit, detain, enforce, fault, freeze, immobilise, immobilize, impede, implement, jam, lodge, obstruct, obturate, occlude, slave(a), stick, unfree, wedge

See Also: bail, bail out, cashier, cleanse, clear, clear, cut, declassify, deregulate, derequisition, derestrict, dig out, disembody, disembroil, disencumber, disentangle, disentangle, disinfest, disinvolve, dispense, divest, eliminate, excuse, exempt, extricate, forgive, forgive, free, give, hand, issue, issue, let off, loosen up, obviate, parole, pass, pass on, people, reach, relieve, relieve, relieve, remove, rid of, run, sacrifice, set free, smooth, smooth out, spare, supply, supply, take, take away, take over, turn over, unchain, unclog, unrestrained, unspell, unstuff, untangle, wash one's hands, withdraw

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