Meaning of FREE in English

— freeness , n.

/free/ , adj., freer, freest , adv., v., freed, freeing .


1. enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery: a land of free people.

2. pertaining to or reserved for those who enjoy personal liberty: They were thankful to be living on free soil.

3. existing under, characterized by, or possessing civil and political liberties that are, as a rule, constitutionally guaranteed by representative government: the free nations of the world.

4. enjoying political autonomy, as a people or country not under foreign rule; independent.

5. exempt from external authority, interference, restriction, etc., as a person or one's will, thought, choice, action, etc.; independent; unrestricted.

6. able to do something at will; at liberty: free to choose.

7. clear of obstructions or obstacles, as a road or corridor: The highway is now free of fallen rock.

8. not occupied or in use: I'll try to phone her again if the line is free.

9. exempt or released from something specified that controls, restrains, burdens, etc. (usually fol. by from or of ): free from worry; free of taxes.

10. having immunity or being safe (usually fol. by from ): free from danger.

11. provided without, or not subject to, a charge or payment: free parking; a free sample.

12. given without consideration of a return or reward: a free offer of legal advice.

13. unimpeded, as motion or movement; easy, firm, or swift.

14. not held fast; loose; unattached: to get one's arm free.

15. not joined to or in contact with something else: The free end of the cantilever sagged.

16. acting without self-restraint or reserve: to be too free with one's tongue.

17. ready or generous in giving; liberal; lavish: to be free with one's advice.

18. given readily or in profusion; unstinted.

19. frank and open; unconstrained, unceremonious, or familiar.

20. unrestrained by decency; loose or licentious: free behavior.

21. not subject to special regulations, restrictions, duties, etc.: The ship was given free passage.

22. of, pertaining to, or characterized by free enterprise: a free economy.

23. that may be used by or is open to all: a free market.

24. engaged in by all present; general: a free fight.

25. not literal, as a translation, adaptation, or the like; loose.

26. uncombined chemically: free oxygen.

27. traveling without power; under no force except that of gravity or inertia: free flight.

28. Phonet. (of a vowel) situated in an open syllable (opposed to checked ).

29. at liberty to enter and enjoy at will (usually fol. by of ): to be free of a friend's house.

30. not subject to rules, set forms, etc.: The young students had an hour of free play between classes.

31. easily worked, as stone, land, etc.

32. Math. (of a vector) having specified magnitude and direction but no specified initial point. Cf. bound 1 (def. 9).

33. Also, large . Naut. (of a wind) nearly on the quarter, so that a sailing vessel may sail free.

34. not containing a specified substance (often used in combination): a sugar-free soft drink.

35. (of a linguistic form) occurring as an independent construction, without necessary combination with other forms, as most words. Cf. bound 1 (def. 11).

36. for free , Informal. without charge: The tailor mended my jacket for free.

37. free and clear , Law. without any encumbrance, as a lien or mortgage: They owned their house free and clear.

38. free and easy ,

a. unrestrained; casual; informal.

b. excessively or inappropriately casual; presumptuous.

39. set free , to release; liberate; free: The prisoners were set free.

40. with a free hand , generously; freely; openhandedly: He entertains visitors with a free hand.

41. without cost, payment, or charge.


42. in a free manner; freely.

43. Naut. away from the wind, so that a sailing vessel need not be close-hauled: running free.

44. make free with ,

a. to use as one's own; help oneself to: If you make free with their liquor, you won't be invited again.

b. to treat with too much familiarity; take liberties with.


45. to make free; set at liberty; release from bondage, imprisonment, or restraint.

46. to exempt or deliver (usually fol. by from ).

47. to relieve or rid (usually fol. by of ): to free oneself of responsibility.

48. to disengage; clear (usually fol. by from or of ).

49. free up ,

a. to release, as from restrictions: Congress voted to free up funds for the new highway system.

b. to disentangle: It took an hour to free up the traffic jam.

[ bef. 900; ME fre, OE freo; c. Goth freis, OHG fri (G frei ), D vrij, Skt priyá- dear. Cf. FRIEND, FRIDAY ]

Syn. 44. See release .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .