free

Something that costs nothing is free. We can also say that someone is free of pain, which means they have none.

This word has many meanings. On Mondays, admission to some museums is free — there's no charge. Often, people say the best things in life are free, usually meaning love and friendship. We live in a free country, which means we have a lot of rights and freedoms, such as freedom of the press. The word has a similar meaning when we say a prisoner goes free, or philosophers talk about free will: the belief that we make our own decisions, not ones forced on us by society, culture, or a higher power.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: free

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adjadvvn
able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
without restraint
grant freedom to; free from confinement
people who are free
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adjv
not fixed in position
remove or force out from a position
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adj
costing nothing
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adjv
not occupied or in use
free or remove obstruction from
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adj
completely wanting or lacking
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: free
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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”
Synonyms
unbound
not restrained or tied down by bonds
unconfined
not confined
independent
free from external control and constraint
at large, escaped, loose, on the loose
having escaped, especially from confinement
autonomous, independent, self-governing, sovereign
(of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces
available, uncommitted
not busy; not otherwise committed
atrip, aweigh
(of an anchor) just clear of the bottom
clear
free from contact or proximity or connection
emancipated, liberated
free from traditional social restraints
footloose
free to go or do as one pleases
out-of-school
not attending school and therefore free to work
unconfined, unimprisoned
free from confinement or physical restraint
unconstrained
free from constraint
unhampered
not held in check or subject to control
unrestricted
free of restrictions on conduct
unrestrained
not subject to restraint
unrestricted
not subject to or subjected to restriction
Antonyms:
unfree
hampered and not free; not able to act at will
bound
confined by bonds
confined
not free to move about
dependent
relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed
adscript, adscripted
(used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
apprenticed, articled, bound, indentured
bound by contract
at bay, cornered, trapped, treed
forced to turn and face attackers
captive, confined, imprisoned, jailed
being in captivity
entangled
involved in difficulties
nonautonomous, nonsovereign
(of peoples and political bodies) controlled by outside forces
prisonlike
resembling a prison
serflike
like someone in servitude
restricted
subject to restriction or subjected to restriction
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adj not held in servitude

“after the Civil War he was a free man”
Synonyms
freeborn
born free of free parents
free-soil, non-slave, slaveless
where slavery was prohibited
Antonyms:
unfree
held in servitude
unfree
hampered and not free; not able to act at will
servile
relating to or involving slaves or appropriate for slaves or servants
slaveholding
allowing slavery
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adj not literal

“a free translation of the poem”
Synonyms:
liberal, loose
inexact
not exact

adv without restraint

Synonyms:
loose

v grant freedom to; free from confinement

Synonyms:
liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
Antonyms:
confine, detain
deprive of freedom; take into confinement
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unspell
release from a spell
unchain
make free
bail
release after a security has been paid
run
set animals loose to graze
bail out
free on bail
parole
release a criminal from detention and place him on parole

v make (assets) available

Synonyms:
release, unblock, unfreeze
Antonyms:
block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
Type of:
issue, supply
circulate or distribute or equip with

v make (information) available for publication

Synonyms:
release
Types:
declassify
lift the restriction on and make available again
Type of:
issue, supply
circulate or distribute or equip with

v relieve from

Synonyms:
disembarrass, rid
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cleanse
purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins
relieve
free from a burden, evil, or distress
smooth, smooth out
free from obstructions
clear
clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
disinfest
rid of vermin
disembody
free from a body or physical form or reality
denazify
free from Nazi ideology or detach from Nazi allegiance

v let off the hook

Synonyms:
absolve, justify
Antonyms:
blame, fault
put or pin the blame on
Types:
excuse, exempt, let off, relieve
grant exemption or release to
wash one's hands
to absolve oneself of responsibility or future blame
frank
exempt by means of an official pass or letter, as from customs or other checks
Type of:
forgive
stop blaming or grant forgiveness

v grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to

Synonyms:
exempt, relieve
Antonyms:
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules
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derestrict
make free from restrictions
deregulate
lift the regulations on
dispense
grant a dispensation; grant an exemption
forgive
absolve from payment
spare
save or relieve from an experience or action

v part with a possession or right

Synonyms:
give up, release, relinquish, resign
Types:
derequisition
release from government control
give, sacrifice
endure the loss of
Type of:
give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
place into the hands or custody of

n people who are free

“the home of the free and the brave”
Synonyms:
free people
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
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adj not fixed in position

“he pulled his arm free and ran”
Synonyms:
detached
unfixed
not firmly placed or set or fastened

adj unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion

free expansion”
free oxygen”
“a free electron”
Synonyms
liberated
(of a gas e.g.) released from chemical combination
unbound
not held in chemical or physical combination
Antonyms:
bound
held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union
conjugate, conjugated
of an organic compound; containing two or more double bonds each separated from the other by a single bond
conjugate, conjugated
formed by the union of two compounds
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v remove or force out from a position

“He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble”
Synonyms:
dislodge
Antonyms:
deposit, lodge, stick, wedge
put, fix, force, or implant
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition

Synonyms:
liberate, release
Type of:
bring forth, generate
bring into existence
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adj costing nothing

free admission”
Synonyms:
complimentary, costless, gratis, gratuitous
unpaid
not paid
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adj not occupied or in use

“a free locker”
“a free lane”
Synonyms
unoccupied
not held or filled or in use

adj not taken up by scheduled activities

“a free hour between classes”
Synonyms:
spare
unoccupied
not held or filled or in use

v free or remove obstruction from

free a path across the cluttered floor”
Synonyms:
disengage
Antonyms:
block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
block passage through
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dig out
dig out from underneath earth or snow
unclog
become or cause to become unobstructed
loosen up, unstuff
cause to become unblocked
disencumber, disentangle, extricate, untangle
release from entanglement of difficulty
unblock
clear or remove an obstruction from

v free from obligations or duties

Synonyms:
discharge
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disinvest, divest
deprive of status or authority
relieve, take over
free someone temporarily from his or her obligations
cut
discharge from a group
clear
free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment
cashier
discharge with dishonor, as in the army
liberate, set free
grant freedom to
disembroil, disentangle, disinvolve
free from involvement or entanglement
dethrone
remove a monarch from the throne
spell
relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
defrock, unfrock
divest of the frock; of church officials
affranchise, enfranchise
grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude
emancipate, manumit
free from slavery or servitude
decolonise, decolonize
grant independence to (a former colony)
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adj completely wanting or lacking

Synonyms:
barren, destitute, devoid, innocent
nonexistent
not having existence or being or actuality
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