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English adjective: free

1. free able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint

SamplesFree 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.

Similarat large, atrip, autonomous, available, aweigh, clear, emancipated, escaped, footloose, independent, liberated, loose, on the loose, out-of-school, self-governing, sovereign, uncommitted, unconfined, unconstrained, unhampered, unimprisoned, unrestricted

See alsofree, independent, unbound, unconfined, unrestrained, unrestricted



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

SamplesFree expansion.
Free oxygen.
A free electron.

Similarliberated, unbound

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry, natural philosophy, physics


3. free costing nothing

SamplesComplimentary tickets.
Free admission.

Synonymscomplimentary, costless, gratis, gratuitous



4. free not occupied or in use

SamplesA free locker.
A free lane.



5. free not fixed in position

SamplesThe detached shutter fell on him.
He pulled his arm free and ran.




6. free not held in servitude

SamplesAfter the Civil War he was a free man.

Similarfree-soil, freeborn, non-slave, slaveless

See alsofree


7. free not taken up by scheduled activities

SamplesA free hour between classes.
Spare time on my hands.




8. free completely wanting or lacking

SamplesWriting barren of insight.
Young recruits destitute of experience.
Innocent of literary merit.
The sentence was devoid of meaning.

Synonymsbarren, destitute, devoid, innocent


Antonymsexistent, existing

9. free not literal

SamplesA loose interpretation of what she had been told.
A free translation of the poem.

Synonymsliberal, loose



English noun: free

1. free (group) people who are free

SamplesThe home of the free and the brave.

Synonymsfree people

Broader (hypernym)people

English adverb: free

1. free without restraint

SamplesCows in India are running loose.


English verb: free

1. free (social) grant freedom to; free from confinement

ExamplesThey want to free the prisoners

Synonymsliberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)bail, bail out, parole, run, unchain, unspell

Antonymsdetain, confine

2. free (possession) relieve from

SamplesRid the house of pests.

Synonymsdisembarrass, rid

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody of something

Narrower (hyponym)cleanse, clear, disembody, disinfest, relieve, smooth, smooth out

3. free (contact) remove or force out from a position

SamplesThe 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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Antonymsdeposit, stick, wedge, lodge

4. free (social) grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

SamplesShe exempted me from the exam.

Synonymsexempt, relieve

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Narrower (hyponym)deregulate, derestrict, dispense, forgive, spare

Antonymsenforce, implement, apply

5. free (social) make (information) available for publication

SamplesRelease the list with the names of the prisoners.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)issue, supply

Narrower (hyponym)declassify

6. free (social) free from obligations or duties


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)cashier, clear, cut, disembroil, disentangle, disinvest, disinvolve, divest, liberate, relieve, set free, take over

7. free (contact) free or remove obstruction from

SamplesFree a path across the cluttered floor.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)dig out, disencumber, disentangle, extricate, loosen up, unclog, unstuff, untangle

Antonymsobturate, occlude, close up, impede, obstruct, jam, block

8. free (communication) let off the hook

SamplesI absolve you from this responsibility.

Synonymsabsolve, justify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody of something

Broader (hypernym)forgive

Narrower (hyponym)excuse, exempt, let off, relieve, wash one's hands

Antonymsblame, fault

9. free (possession) part with a possession or right

SamplesI am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest.
Resign a claim to the throne.

Synonymsgive up, release, relinquish, resign

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

Narrower (hyponym)derequisition, give, sacrifice

10. free (creation) release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition

Synonymsliberate, release

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring forth, generate

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

11. free (change) make (assets) available

SamplesRelease the holdings in the dictator's bank account.

Synonymsrelease, unblock, unfreeze

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)issue, supply

Antonymsimmobilise, immobilize, freeze, block

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