What is the meaning of free?


  • People who are free.
    • usage: "the home of the free and the brave"


  • Grant freedom to; free from confinement.
  • Relieve from.
    • usage: "Rid the house of pests"
  • Remove or force out from a position.
    • usage: "The 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"
  • Grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to.
    • usage: "She exempted me from the exam"
  • Make (information) available for publication.
    • usage: "release the list with the names of the prisoners"
  • Free from obligations or duties.
  • Free or remove obstruction from.
    • usage: "free a path across the cluttered floor"
  • Let off the hook.
    • usage: "I absolve you from this responsibility"
  • Part with a possession or right.
    • usage: "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"
  • Release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition.
  • Make (assets) available.
    • usage: "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"


  • Able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint.
    • usage: "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"
  • Unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion.
    • usage: "free expansion"; "free oxygen"; "a free electron"
  • Costing nothing.
    • usage: "complimentary tickets"; "free admission"
  • Not occupied or in use.
    • usage: "a free locker"; "a free lane"
  • Not fixed in position.
    • usage: "the detached shutter fell on him"; "he pulled his arm free and ran"
  • Not held in servitude.
    • usage: "after the Civil War he was a free man"
  • Not taken up by scheduled activities.
    • usage: "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands"
  • Completely wanting or lacking.
    • usage: "writing barren of insight"; "young recruits destitute of experience"; "innocent of literary merit"; "the sentence was devoid of meaning"
  • Not literal.
    • usage: "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"


  • Without restraint.
    • usage: "cows in India are running loose"
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APAWordNet. (2010). free. Retrieved April 24, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/free/definitions/1174507
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