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free

Pronunciation: /friː/

Translation of free in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (freer /ˈfriːər; ˈfriːə(r)/, freest /ˈfriːəst; ˈfriːɪst/)

  • 1 1.1 (at liberty) (usually predicative/generalmente predicativo) libre to be free ser* libre I am not free (to marry) no soy libre to set sb free dejar or poner* a algn en libertad, soltar* a algn divorce set me free from a life of drudgery el divorcio me liberó de una vida de esclavitud to get free escaparse to go free he went free for years because of lack of witnesses durante años no se lo pudo inculpar por falta de testigos they let him go free for lack of evidence lo dejaron en libertad or lo soltaron por falta de pruebasfree to + infinitive/infinitivo you're free to do what you think best eres dueño or libre de hacer lo que te parezca you're free to leave whenever you want puede irse cuando quiera, es libre de irse cuando quiera having a nanny leaves me free to go out more often el tener una niñera me permite salir más a menudo please feel free to help yourself sírvete con confianza, sírvete nomás (Latin America/América Latina) may I use the telephone? — feel free! ¿puedo hacer una llamada? — ¡no faltaba más! or ¡por supuesto! 1.2 [country/people/press] libre; [translation/interpretation] libre the right of free speech la libertad de expresión you've got a free choice in this matter tienes plena libertad en este asunto I gave free rein to my imagination di rienda suelta a or dejé volar mi imaginación I had free access to the archive podía usar el archivo con toda libertad 1.3 (loose) suelto to come/work free soltarse* he left/kept one end free dejó suelto/no ató uno de los extremos the boat floated free of the sandbank el bote se desencalló del banco de arena to break free (escape) soltarse* (break ties) liberarse
  • 2 (predicative/predicativo) 2.1 (without, rid of) free from oof sth libre de algo at last I was free from pain/financial worries por fin me vi libre del dolor/de las preocupaciones económicas the book is free from any political bias el libro está libre de todo sesgo político at last we're free of her por fin nos hemos librado de ella, por fin nos la hemos quitado de encima free of o from additives/preservatives sin aditivos/conservantes keep the mechanism free of o from dirt/dust mantenga limpio/libre de polvo el mecanismo 2.2 (exempt) free of tax libre de impuestos free of charge gratis
  • 3 (costing nothing) [ticket/food/sample/offer] gratis (invariable adjective/adjetivo invariable), gratuito; [schooling/health care/bus service] gratuito you get a free gift with every purchase te regalan algo con cada compra admission free entrada gratuita or libre free delivery [Business/Comercio] entrega (masculine) gratuita a domicilio free on board [Business/Comercio] franco a bordo you have free use of the pool puede usar la piscina sin pagar
  • 4 4.1 (vacant) libre, desocupado is this table free? ¿está libre esta mesa? 4.2 (unobstructed) [passage/exit/view] libre, despejado 4.3 (not occupied) [time/hands] libre I have no free time at all no tengo ni un momento libre, no tengo nada de tiempo libre are you free tomorrow? ¿estás libre mañana?, ¿tienes algún compromiso mañana? I'm not free this evening tengo un compromiso esta noche keep this date free no te comprometas para esta fecha Mrs Styles is free to see you now la señora Styles lo puede atender ahora
  • 5 5.1 (lavish) generoso to be free with sth ser* generoso con algo they were very free with the drink fueron muy generosos con la bebida she's too free with her advice reparte consejos a diestra y siniestra or (Spain/España) a diestro y siniestro to make free with sth they made free with the wine while we were away se sirvieron vino a discreción mientras no estábamos she makes free with words like 'idiot' and 'cretin' usa y abusa de palabras como 'idiota' y 'cretino' 5.2 (familiar) atrevido, confianzudo (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) [colloquial/familiar] he's very free with his boss se toma muchas libertades con su jefe

adverb/adverbio

  • 1.1 (without payment) [travel/repair/service] gratuitamente, gratis you get one free o [colloquial/familiar] for free with every packet con cada paquete te regalan uno or te dan uno gratis I got in for free [colloquial/familiar] entré gratis or sin pagar or de balde 1.2 (without restriction) [roam/wander/run] a su ( or mi etc) antojo

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (liberate) [prisoner/hostage] poner* or dejar en libertad, soltar*; [animal] soltar*; [nation/people/slave] liberar to free sb from sth liberar a algn de algo he freed the country from tyranny liberó al país de la tiranía she freed herself from her mother's influence se liberó de la influencia de su madre a credit card frees you from financial worries when traveling una tarjeta de crédito le evita preocupaciones de dinero cuando está de viaje to free sb to + infinitive/infinitivo permitirle a algn + infinitive/infinitivo this frees me to concentrate on my work esto me permite concentrarme en mi trabajo 1.2 (relieve, rid)to free sth of sth he promised to free the country of corruption prometió acabar or terminar con la corrupción en el país they had freed the road of all obstacles habían quitado or eliminado todos los obstáculos de la carretera

Phrasal verbs

free up

verb + adverb + object/verbo + adverbio + complemento (American English/inglés norteamericano)
[resources] liberar; [time] dejar libre; [knot] deshacer*; [cords] desenredar; [drain] desatascar*, destapar (Latin America/América Latina)

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