free Definition

  • 1not under the control or in the power of someone else; able to act or be done as one wishes
  • 2not imprisoned or enslaved
  • 3not subject to or affected by a particular thing, especially something undesirable

Using free: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "free" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a free afternoon today.

  • Example

    The bird was set free from its cage.

  • Example

    The company offers free shipping for orders over $50.

  • Example

    She is a free spirit who doesn't like to be tied down.

free Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using free

  • without payment or charge


    The concert tickets were given away for free to the first 100 people in line.

  • free and easy

    relaxed and casual, without strict rules or formalities


    The party had a free and easy atmosphere, with people mingling and chatting informally.

  • release or liberate someone from a particular situation or condition


    The prisoner was finally set free after serving 10 years in jail.

Phrases with free

  • free-for-all

    a chaotic and uncontrolled situation in which everyone is competing or fighting for themselves


    The store's Black Friday sale turned into a free-for-all with people pushing and shoving to get the best deals.

  • the freedom to do something without being restricted or controlled


    The manager gave the designer a free hand to create the new product line.

  • an advantage or benefit obtained without effort or cost


    He got a free ride to the top because of his family connections.

Origins of free

from Old English 'frēo', meaning 'exempt from, not in bondage'


Summary: free in Brief

The term 'free' [friː] denotes independence and lack of restriction. It can refer to personal autonomy, as in 'She is a free spirit who doesn't like to be tied down,' or to external factors, as in 'The company offers free shipping for orders over $50.' 'Free' extends into phrases like 'free-for-all,' and idioms like 'for free,' denoting no cost, and 'set free,' implying liberation.

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