Definition of free in English:
adjective (freerˈfrēər, freestˈfrēəst)
- We are bound by no established guidelines so we are free to be the kind of teacher we are capable and willing to be.
- We live in a very multicultural society where respect and tolerance are just as important as free speech.
- The people living in a democracy are free, and each citizen can arrange his life privately.
- Levying that kind of money from free citizens of New Zealand is a serious business.
- The free citizens of Hodge Hill bettered that: only 37 per cent bothered to vote.
- We have to remind every free citizen of this world about our lack of freedom.
- After 17 years of imprisonment they are now free - all that remains is for their names to be cleared.
- Police have made no charges in the case, and Stanford remains free on bail.
- Her sentencing is set for 15 July and she remains free on bail until then.
- They are free to move and do not need an work permit.
- I've bought the CD, it belongs to me, I'm free to sell it on, throw it out, or give it away.
- If Riley wants to develop open space by more than his allotment, he would be free to buy more development permits on the open market.
- The one thing which these rebels did have was an awareness of their legacy as free Americans.
- He was picked up by the free French and was dressed up as a mute Belgian Farmer.
- He is the son of a Free Polish Army soldier who escaped the Nazis in his homeland and made a precarious trek to England to continue the fight.
- It turned out that there was a short-circuit when a bolt rattled free and connected with the carbon of the boat.
- He beat on the man's muscular arm, trying to pull himself free as the man opened up the door.
- Violet shrieked, desperately trying to wrench her arm free from his grasp.
- He interpreted free heat as the kinetic energy of the particles of the body.
- But as there is no magnetic equivalent of the free electron, this is intuitively impossible.
- In a strong electric field, free electrons can be accelerated onto its inner surface.
- An appreciable amount of carbon dioxide, unlike oxygen, is also free in solution in the plasma.
- Some of the molecules break up and release free acids and other compounds which give the oil a rancid taste.
- The free oxygen then burnt with the graphite core, which then reacted with the hydrogen.
- In other words, the domains in which a pronominal must be free are much more restricted than those in which an anaphor can be bound.
- In Swedish, the indefinite article is a free morpheme, whereas the definite article is a suffix to the noun.
- Bound morphemes have to be attached to a free morpheme, and so cannot be words in their own right.
- She said she didn't want to see me, that she didn't have time as she only had an hour free and she was doing some shopping.
- The calendar is already packed and finding an extra free week in which to hold a semi-final round has proved impossible.
- He uses his free time to continue the stalled investigation into his partner's death.
- I often found it difficult to find a free changing room.
- As soon as the bathroom's free I'm having a long hot soak!
- He recently overheard two children in one of the palace's galleries saying to one another that maybe one of the workstations was free now and they could go back to it.
- Throughout the course of his long life, he remained completely free of heart disease and cancer.
- There is no 100 per cent safe way to keep the country free of the disease.
- In general the entries are free of any serious bias.
- Traders have won the first battle in their fight against council plans to introduce charging at a free car park.
- The city has talked about making the service free or charging a relatively low fee.
- Their one-hour performance starts at 3.00 pm and admission is absolutely free.
- If only he was as free with his tolerance as he is with his mouth he'd have something worth exporting.
- Wonderful to see that she's as free with basic errors as always.
- Why are these girls so free with their kisses and why aren't I on the receiving end?
- Mrs S and I enjoy nothing more than a free and frank exchange of views.
- The argument is that this will stifle free and frank discussion.
- He is someone who doesn't live by any rules and you can clearly see that he's very free in his approach.
- She spoke and listened to much free talk, such as one never would have thought the lips or ears of Rachel Castlewoods daughter would have uttered or heard.
- Let's just say he's rather free with his hands, if you know what I mean.
- We've all become very free with each other, a bit too free.
- Eliot famously thought that no verse was free, for the poet who wanted to do a good job.
- The style is very free; there are no rhymes.
- The most obvious question here is if free verse is so ‘free’, then what will differentiate it from prose?
- When he translates, he does so in a free and racy style which at first surprises and then pleases.
- He also published occasional verses, satires, and a free translation from Virgil.
- These are themes which we are now very familiar with - and the production, with its very colloquial and rather free translation of the original, emphasises them too much in its wish to make the play ‘relevant’ to our times.
- We had the wind free, a lightish air; but clouds of an inky blackness were beginning to arise, and at times it lightened without thunder.
- As we had the wind free, the booms were run out, and all were aloft.
- We had the wind free, and were on port, so one needed at least two pairs of eyes in each boat!
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- Those who cannot afford to pay this fee are exempted and treated free of cost.
- I f a unit of electricity cannot be produced free of cost, it should not be given to anybody free of cost.
- The Trust will shortly open a Help Centre in the city to provide counselling for patients free of cost.
verb (frees, freed, freeing)[with object] Back to top
- After she is freed from slavery, she becomes a teacher, writer, and activist for the black race and for women's rights.
- Nine hostages were freed from the building earlier yesterday.
- The truth is that a hostage was not freed by the kidnappers.
- Passers-by came to the guard's aid and freed him from his restraints.
- They were at the scene for 90 minutes, helping to free the victims and clear the road.
- The powerful one frees himself and unties the bonds of everyone else.
- Already the move, which frees the club from restrictive rules, has paid dividends, explained Mr Collins.
- The FCC is, in effect, holding out the possibility of freeing the networks from restrictions on buying up more stations.
- Diabetics could have their lives dramatically transformed by a new approach, developed in Yorkshire, freeing them of restrictions on their diet.
- In the process, space alongside the line once occupied by cartons of assembly parts has been freed for other purposes.
- The primary purpose of the serviced land initiative is to free up land for development.
- This would free up time for doctors to deal with more serious things.
The adjective free appears in the writings of King Alfred (reigned 871–99) and comes from an ancient root meaning ‘to love’, from which we also get friend. Freedom is also Old English. The French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau ( 1712–78) wrote, ‘Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains’, while in the 1960s TV series The Prisoner Patrick McGoohan cried ‘I am not a number, I am a free man!’ We now use freelance (early 19th century) as a term for a self-employed person working for a number of different companies, but in the early 19th century it was written as two words, and used to describe a medieval knight who offered his services as a mercenary. Freemasons (Late Middle English) were originally skilled workers in stone who travelled to find employment and had a system of secret signs and passwords that gained them access to work on important building projects. In the 17th century they began to admit honorary members, and membership of their societies or ‘lodges’ became a fashionable status symbol.
- informal Without cost or payment: these professionals were giving their time for freeMore example sentences
- The reality of this world is that there is nothing for free and everything of this order comes at a cost.
- It is installed for free by the company, which then recoups its cost and makes a profit through the charges.
- Isn't accepting payment in order to file-share even worse than doing it for free?
free and easy
- Informal and relaxed.Example sentences
- It was a lovely life back then, so free and easy.
- In fact, although Americans tell me how much things have tightened up, compared to Britain everything seemed remarkably free and easy.
- A lot of male friendships are built on both parties being free and easy and never having to contribute more than companionship in the pursuit of pleasure and the loan of a ton until payday.
free, gratis, and for nothing
- humorous Without charge.Example sentences
- Either is yours if you want it, free, gratis, and for nothing.
- In most instances, they perform their duties free, gratis, and for nothing.
- I practice my art not for money, but free, gratis, and for nothing.
a free hand
- Freedom to act at one’s own discretion.Example sentences
- And while lorry drivers have to adhere to strict conditions on their driving times, taxi drivers effectively have a free hand.
- The private company will be given a free hand to raise the cost in line with inflation.
- The head is responsible to the governors but is usually given a free hand to appoint staff, admit pupils and take day-to-day decisions.
free on board
- (abbreviation: f.o.b.) Including or assuming delivery without charge to the buyer’s named destination.Example sentences
- I note that the explanatory note of the bill quotes figures of $2 per kilo, free on board, in 1999, and that has declined in 2 years to $1.53.
- Indian sugar is available for export at $305 a tonne free on board basis, compared with $312 a tonne for Thai sugar.
- Mining revenue for 2007 reflects the export coal sold on a ‘Free on Rail’ basis
(a) free rein
- see rein.
a free ride
- A situation in which someone benefits without having to make a fair contribution: people have been having a free ride, paying so little rent that there is no money for maintenanceMore example sentences
- No one should be stigmatised for his or her lifestyle choice, but surely the law can ensure that no one has a free ride.
- This will be tough, since they've had a free ride for so long.
- The problem is that there is not now, nor ever will be, a perfect mechanism for separating the deserving from those looking to get a free ride.
the free world
- The noncommunist countries of the world, as formerly opposed to the Soviet bloc.Example sentences
- Our candidate is a good and decent man who has trained all his life to be the leader of the free world.
- There are many politicians in the free world who favor seemingly pragmatic cooperation with repressive regimes.
- If the president of the United States really does think he's the leader of the free world, then the free world should have a say in who gets the job.
it's a free country
- Said when asserting that a course of action is not illegal or forbidden, often in justification of it.Example sentences
- Yes, it's a free country, and yes, everyone can say pretty much whatever they want.
- But it's a free country, people can argue what they want.
- I know it's a free country, but if I've sat quietly on a bench minding my own business then why should I have to put up with someone else's smoke blowing freely in my face.
make free with
- Treat without ceremony or proper respect: he’ll have something to say about your making free with his belongingsMore example sentences
- As it is, voles dare not approach the potting shed, though they make free with the rest of the garden.
- The opera does make free with history but the characters of the opera are recognisably the historical characters of popular imagination.
- Yes, the director has made free with time and place, and anyone who still feels that updating automatically disqualifies a production from being taken seriously need read no further.
- Example sentences
- Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
- Some of these incidents allegedly prevented persons from exercising their constitutional right to vote and have accordingly impacted on the freeness and fairness of the election.
- I really like the freeness of being single.
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