1. [syn: liberation, release, freeing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Free \Free\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Freeing.] [OE. freen, freoien, AS. fre['o]gan. See Free,
1. To make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which
confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to
release; to disengage; to clear; -- followed by from, and
sometimes by off; as, to free a captive or a slave; to be
freed of these inconveniences. --Clarendon.
Our land is from the rage of tigers freed. --Dryden.
Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke.
2. To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve
from the constraint of.
This master key
Frees every lock, and leads us to his person.
3. To frank. [Obs.] --Johnson.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of liberating someone or something [syn:
liberation, release, freeing]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
71 Moby Thesaurus words for "freeing":
Emancipation Proclamation, affranchisement, break, breaking out,
breakout, catharsis, cleansing, clearing, deliverance, delivery,
disburdening, discharge, disembarrassment, disembroilment,
disencumbrance, disengagement, disentanglement, disenthrallment,
disinvolvement, dislodgment, emancipation, emergence,
emotional release, enfranchisement, escape, escapism, evasion,
extrication, flight, gay liberation, getaway, intermission,
issuance, issue, jailbreak, leak, leakage, liberation, lifesaving,
manumission, outlet, prisonbreak, purgation, purge, purging,
ransom, recovery, redemption, release, releasing, removal,
reprieve, rescue, respite, retrieval, riddance, salvage, salvation,
saving, setting at liberty, setting-free, surcease, suspension,
uncluttering, unhampering, unknotting, unraveling, unscrambling,
unsnarling, untangling, vent