Free - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |friː|  American pronunciation of the word free
Brit.  |friː|  British pronunciation of the word free


- people who are free
the home of the free and the brave


- grant freedom to; free from confinement (syn: liberate, loose, release, unloose, unloosen)
- relieve from (syn: disembarrass, rid)
- remove or force out from a position (syn: dislodge)
He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble
- grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to (syn: exempt, relieve)
- make (information) available for publication (syn: release)
- free from obligations or duties (syn: discharge)
- free or remove obstruction from (syn: disengage)
free a path across the cluttered floor
- let off the hook (syn: absolve)
- part with a possession or right (syn: give up, release, relinquish, resign)
- release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition (syn: liberate, release)
- make (assets) available (syn: release, unblock, unfreeze)


- costing nothing (syn: complimentary, costless, gratis, gratuitous)
free admission
- not occupied or in use
a free locker
a free lane
- not fixed in position (syn: detached)
he pulled his arm free and ran
- not taken up by scheduled activities (syn: spare)
a free hour between classes
- completely wanting or lacking (syn: barren, destitute, devoid, innocent)
- not literal (syn: liberal, loose)
a free translation of the poem


- without restraint (syn: loose)

Extra examples

They're giving out free tickets to the show.

The school newsletter is free.

After 10 years in jail, he was finally a free man.

The animal struggled to get free of the trap.

His legs became caught in the net, and he was unable to get himself free.

The gunman freed two of the hostages.

The animals were freed from their cages.

His legs became tangled in the net, and he was unable to free himself.

He was unable to free his legs from the net.

The animal struggled to free itself from the trap.

Hiring an assistant has freed him to spend more time with his family.

She encourages her students to free their imaginations.

The gate opened, and the animals ran free.

Buy one, get one free.

A fortnight hence I shall be free as air.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: free
he/she/it: frees
present participle: freeing
past tense: freed
past participle: freed
comparative: freer
superlative: freest
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