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.

Definitions of free
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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
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    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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  3. adjective
    not literal
    “a free translation of the poem”
    synonyms: liberal, loose
    inexact
    not exact
  4. adverb
    without restraint
    synonyms: loose
  5. verb
    grant freedom to; free from confinement
    synonyms: liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen
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    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
  6. verb
    make (assets) available
    synonyms: release, unblock, unfreeze
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    block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
    prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
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    issue, supply
    circulate or distribute or equip with
  7. verb
    make (information) available for publication
    synonyms: release
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    declassify
    lift the restriction on and make available again
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    issue, supply
    circulate or distribute or equip with
  8. verb
    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
  9. verb
    let off the hook
    synonyms: absolve, justify
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    blame, fault
    put or pin the blame on
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    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
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    forgive
    stop blaming or grant forgiveness
  10. verb
    grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
    synonyms: exempt, relieve
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    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
  11. verb
    part with a possession or right
    synonyms: give up, release, relinquish, resign
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    derequisition
    release from government control
    give, sacrifice
    endure the loss of
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    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  12. noun
    people who are free
    “the home of the free and the brave”
    synonyms: free people
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    people
    (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
  13. adjective
    not fixed in position
    “he pulled his arm free and ran”
    synonyms: detached
    unfixed
    not firmly placed or set or fastened
  14. adjective
    unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion
    free expansion”
    free oxygen”
    “a free electron”
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    liberated
    (of a gas e.g.) released from chemical combination
    unbound
    not held in chemical or physical combination
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    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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  15. verb
    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
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    deposit, lodge, stick, wedge
    put, fix, force, or implant
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  16. verb
    release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
    synonyms: liberate, release
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    bring forth, generate
    bring into existence
  17. adjective
    costing nothing
    free admission”
    synonyms: complimentary, costless, gratis, gratuitous
    unpaid
    not paid
  18. adjective
    not occupied or in use
    “a free locker”
    “a free lane”
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    unoccupied
    not held or filled or in use
  19. adjective
    not taken up by scheduled activities
    “a free hour between classes”
    synonyms: spare
    unoccupied
    not held or filled or in use
  20. verb
    free or remove obstruction from
    free a path across the cluttered floor”
    synonyms: disengage
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    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
  21. verb
    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)
  22. adjective
    completely wanting or lacking
    synonyms: barren, destitute, devoid, innocent
    nonexistent
    not having existence or being or actuality
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