1. people who are free;
- Example: "the home of the free and the brave"
[syn: free, free people]
1. grant freedom to; free from confinement;
[syn: free, liberate, release, unloose, unloosen, loose]
2. relieve from;
- Example: "Rid the house of pests"
[syn: rid, free, disembarrass]
3. remove or force out from a position;
- Example: "The dentist dislodged the piece of food that had been stuck under my gums"
- Example: "He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble"
[syn: dislodge, free]
4. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to;
- Example: "She exempted me from the exam"
[syn: exempt, relieve, free]
5. make (information) available for publication;
- Example: "release the list with the names of the prisoners"
[syn: free, release]
6. free from obligations or duties;
[syn: free, discharge]
7. free or remove obstruction from;
- Example: "free a path across the cluttered floor"
[syn: free, disengage]
8. let off the hook;
- Example: "I absolve you from this responsibility"
[syn: absolve, justify, free]
9. part with a possession or right;
- Example: "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"
- Example: "resign a claim to the throne"
[syn: release, relinquish, resign, free, give up]
10. release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition;
[syn: release, free, liberate]
11. make (assets) available;
- Example: "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"
[syn: unblock, unfreeze, free, release]
1. able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint;
- Example: "free enterprise"
- Example: "a free port"
- Example: "a free country"
- Example: "I have an hour free"
- Example: "free will"
- Example: "free of racism"
- Example: "feel free to stay as long as you wish"
- Example: "a free choice"
2. unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion;
- Example: "free expansion"
- Example: "free oxygen"
- Example: "a free electron"
3. costing nothing;
- Example: "complimentary tickets"
- Example: "free admission"
[syn: complimentary, costless, free, gratis(p), gratuitous]
4. not occupied or in use;
- Example: "a free locker"
- Example: "a free lane"
5. not fixed in position;
- Example: "the detached shutter fell on him"
- Example: "he pulled his arm free and ran"
[syn: detached, free]
6. not held in servitude;
- Example: "after the Civil War he was a free man"
7. not taken up by scheduled activities;
- Example: "a free hour between classes"
- Example: "spare time on my hands"
[syn: spare, free]
8. completely wanting or lacking;
- Example: "writing barren of insight"
- Example: "young recruits destitute of experience"
- Example: "innocent of literary merit"
- Example: "the sentence was devoid of meaning"
[syn: barren, destitute, devoid, free, innocent]
9. not literal;
- Example: "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"
- Example: "a free translation of the poem"
[syn: free, loose, liberal]
1. without restraint;
- Example: "cows in India are running loose"
[syn: loose, free]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Free \Free\ (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. Freer (-[~e]r); superl. Freest (-[e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre['o], fr[imac]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[imac], G. frei, Icel. fr[imac], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr. pr[imac] to love, Goth. frij[=o]n. Cf. Affray, Belfry, Friday, Friend, Frith inclosure.] 1. Exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one's own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one's own course of action; not dependent; at liberty. [1913 Webster] That which has the power, or not the power, to operate, is that alone which is or is not free. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty. [1913 Webster] 3. Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master. [1913 Webster] 4. Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go. [1913 Webster] Set an unhappy prisoner free. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 5. Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will. [1913 Webster] Not free, what proof could they have given sincere Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 6. Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent. [1913 Webster] My hands are guilty, but my heart is free. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 7. Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative. [1913 Webster] He was free only with a few. --Milward. [1913 Webster] 8. Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense. [1913 Webster] The critics have been very free in their censures. --Felton. [1913 Webster] A man may live a free life as to wine or women. --Shelley. [1913 Webster] 9. Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money. [1913 Webster] 10. Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; -- followed by from, or, rarely, by of. [1913 Webster] Princes declaring themselves free from the obligations of their treaties. --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster] 11. Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy. [1913 Webster] 12. Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse. [1913 Webster] 13. Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; -- followed by of. [1913 Webster] He therefore makes all birds, of every sect, Free of his farm. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 14. Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; -- said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed; as, a free school. [1913 Webster] Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me as for you? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 15. Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift. [1913 Webster] 16. Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; -- said of a government, institutions, etc. [1913 Webster] 17. (O. Eng. Law) Certain or honorable; the opposite of base; as, free service; free socage. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] 18. (Law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] 19. Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells. [1913 Webster] Free agency, the capacity or power of choosing or acting freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will. Free bench (Eng. Law), a widow's right in the copyhold lands of her husband, corresponding to dower in freeholds. Free board (Naut.), a vessel's side between water line and gunwale. Free bond (Chem.), an unsaturated or unemployed unit, or bond, of affinity or valence, of an atom or radical. Free-borough men (O.Eng. Law). See Friborg. Free chapel (Eccles.), a chapel not subject to the jurisdiction of the ordinary, having been founded by the king or by a subject specially authorized. [Eng.] --Bouvier. Free charge (Elec.), a charge of electricity in the free or statical condition; free electricity. Free church. (a) A church whose sittings are for all and without charge. (b) An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the government in spiritual matters. Free city, or Free town, a city or town independent in its government and franchises, as formerly those of the Hanseatic league. Free cost, freedom from charges or expenses. --South. Free and easy, unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities. [Colloq.] "Sal and her free and easy ways." --W. Black. Free goods, goods admitted into a country free of duty. Free labor, the labor of freemen, as distinguished from that of slaves. Free port. (Com.) (a) A port where goods may be received and shipped free of custom duty. (b) A port where goods of all kinds are received from ships of all nations at equal rates of duty. Free public house, in England, a tavern not belonging to a brewer, so that the landlord is free to brew his own beer or purchase where he chooses. --Simmonds. Free school. (a) A school to which pupils are admitted without discrimination and on an equal footing. (b) A school supported by general taxation, by endowmants, etc., where pupils pay nothing for tuition; a public school. Free services (O.Eng. Law), such feudal services as were not unbecoming the character of a soldier or a freemen to perform; as, to serve under his lord in war, to pay a sum of money, etc. --Burrill. Free ships, ships of neutral nations, which in time of war are free from capture even though carrying enemy's goods. Free socage (O.Eng. Law), a feudal tenure held by certain services which, though honorable, were not military. --Abbott. Free States, those of the United States before the Civil War, in which slavery had ceased to exist, or had never existed. Free stuff (Carp.), timber free from knots; clear stuff. Free thought, that which is thought independently of the authority of others. Free trade, commerce unrestricted by duties or tariff regulations. Free trader, one who believes in free trade. To make free with, to take liberties with; to help one's self to. [Colloq.] To sail free (Naut.), to sail with the yards not braced in as sharp as when sailing closehauled, or close to the wind. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Free \Free\, adv. 1. Freely; willingly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I as free forgive you As I would be forgiven. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Without charge; as, children admitted free. [1913 Webster]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, a.] 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. [1913 Webster] Our land is from the rage of tigers freed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of. [1913 Webster] This master key Frees every lock, and leads us to his person. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. To frank. [Obs.] --Johnson. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
free See free software, free variable.Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
470 Moby Thesaurus words for "free": abandoned, able, above, absolve, accessible, acquit, adrift, affranchise, afloat, afoot and lighthearted, allowed, amnesty, approachable, arbitrary, artless, as a gift, as our guest, at large, at leisure, at liberty, at loose ends, at will, autarchic, autarkic, autonomous, available, bald, bare, bighearted, bluff, blunt, bounteous, bountiful, break loose, break out, broad, brusque, candid, cast off, casual, charitable, cleanse, cleanse away, clear, clear of, cleared, communicative, complimentary, conversable, costless, cut loose, debauched, decontaminate, deliver, delivered, democratic, demonstrative, deobstruct, deserted, destigmatize, detach, detached, diffuse, direct, disburden, discharge, disclose, disclosed, discretional, discretionary, disembarrass, disembroil, disencumber, disengage, disengaged, disentangle, disenthrall, disinvolve, disjoin, dislodge, dismiss, dispense from, dispense with, disperse, dissipated, dissolute, doff, downright, ease, ease off, easy, easygoing, effusive, elective, eleemosynary, emancipate, emancipated, empty, enfranchise, enfranchised, escaped, except, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exempt from, exonerate, expansive, expenseless, explicit, expose, exposed, extra, extract, extricate, extricated, extroverted, fallow, fast, fled, floating, flown, footloose, footloose and fancy-free, for free, for love, for nothing, for the asking, forgive, forsaken, forthright, frank, frankhearted, free and easy, free as air, free for nothing, free from, free gratis, free of, free of charge, free of cost, free up, free will, free-born, free-speaking, free-spoken, free-tongued, freebie, freeborn, freed, freehanded, freehearted, freely, fugitive, furlough, gallant, gay, generous, genuine, get out, giftlike, give absolution, give dispensation from, give release, give respite, given, giving, gossipy, gracious, grant amnesty to, grant immunity, grant remission, gratis, gratuitous, gratuitously, greathearted, handsome, heart-to-heart, honest, hospitable, idle, in the clear, independent, individualistic, informal, ingenuous, intermit, jobless, justify, large, largehearted, lavish, leisure, leisured, let go, let loose, let off, let out, let up, liberal, liberate, liberated, licentious, loose, loosely, loosen, lumpen, magnanimous, manifest, manumit, munificent, naked, natural, newsy, nonmandatory, nonpros, off, off duty, off work, offered, on one, on parole, on the house, on the loose, open, open-handed, openhanded, openhearted, openly, optional, out, out of, out of employ, out of harness, out of work, outgoing, outright, outspoken, pardon, parole, patefy, permitted, plain, plain-spoken, princely, proffered, profligate, profuse, purge, purge away, quash the charge, quit, quit of, rakehell, rakehellish, rakehelly, rakish, ransom, recover, redeem, redeemed, relax, relaxed, release, released, relieve, remise, remit, remove, reprieve, rescue, rescued, retired, retrieve, reveal, rickety, rid, rid of, round, runaway, salvage, save, save the necessity, scatter, scot-free, self-acting, self-active, self-determined, self-determining, self-directing, self-governed, self-governing, self-revealing, self-revelatory, semiretired, separate, set at large, set at liberty, set free, shaky, shed of, shrive, shut of, sincere, slack, slack off, slacken, sociable, sovereign, spare, spontaneous, spring, sprung, stintless, straight, straight-out, straightforward, suspend, take off, talkative, tear loose, tenantless, to his heirs, transparent, unanchored, unasked, unattached, unbar, unbesought, unbidden, unbind, unblock, unbolt, unbought, unbound, unbridled, unbuckle, unburden, unbutton, uncage, uncalled-for, uncase, unceremonious, unchain, unchained, unchecked, unclasp, unclench, unclog, unclogged, unclosed, unclutch, unclutter, uncoerced, uncommitted, uncompelled, unconditional, unconditioned, unconfined, unconstrained, uncontrolled, uncork, uncover, uncovered, uncurtain, undo, undone, undrape, unemployable, unemployed, unencumbered, unengaged, unenslaved, unequivocal, unfasten, unfastened, unfetter, unfettered, unfilled, unfixed, unfold, unforced, unfoul, unglue, ungrudging, unguarded, unhampered, unhidden, unhindered, unimpeded, uninfluenced, uninhabited, uninhibited, uninvited, uninvolved, unknot, unlace, unlatch, unleash, unlock, unloose, unloosen, unmanned, unobstructed, unoccupied, unpaid-for, unpeopled, unplug, unpopulated, unpressured, unprompted, unravel, unrepressed, unrequested, unrequired, unreserved, unreservedly, unrestrained, unrestricted, unreticent, unroll, unscramble, unseal, unsecretive, unselfish, unshackle, unshackled, unsheathe, unshrinking, unshut, unsilent, unsnarl, unsolicited, unsought, unsparing, unstaffed, unstick, unstinted, unstinting, unstop, unstopped, unstrap, unstuck, unsuppressed, untaken, untangle, untaxed, untenanted, untended, untie, untied, unused, unveil, unwrap, vacant, vindicate, voluntary, volunteer, weigh anchor, well out of, whitewash, wide-open, wild, willful, with abandon, withdraw the charge, without, without charge, without restraint, without stint