Meaning of FREEDOM in English


n.1 the condition of being free or unrestricted.

2 personal or civic liberty; absence of slave status.

3 the power of self-determination; independence of fate or necessity.

4 the state of being free to act (often foll. by to + infin. : we have the freedom to leave).

5 frankness, outspokenness; undue familiarity.

6 (foll. by from) the condition of being exempt from or not subject to (a defect, burden, etc.).

7 (foll. by of) a full or honorary participation in (membership, privileges, etc.). b unrestricted use of (facilities etc.).

8 a privilege possessed by a city or corporation.

9 facility or ease in action.

10 boldness of conception.

Phrases and idioms:

the four freedoms freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from fear and want. freedom fighter a person who takes part in violent resistance to an established political system etc.

Etymology: OE freodom (as FREE, -DOM)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.