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Definition of free verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they free
    he / she / it frees
    past simple freed
    -ing form freeing
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  1. 1free somebody (from something) to allow someone to leave prison or somewhere they have been kept against their will synonym release By the end of May nearly 100 of an estimated 2 ,000 political prisoners had been freed. The hijackers agreed to free a further ten hostages. The starting point for emancipation was the freeing of children of slaves born after a certain date.
  2. someone or something trapped
  3. 2free somebody/something/yourself (from something) to move someone or something that is caught or fixed on something synonym release Three people were freed from the wreckage. She struggled to free herself. A good kick finally freed the door. He managed to free his arms from their bonds.
  4. remove something
  5. 3free somebody/something of/from somebody/something to remove something that is unpleasant or not wanted from someone or something synonym rid These exercises help free the body of tension. The police are determined to free the town of violent crime. The organization aims to free young people from dependency on drugs.
  6. make available
  7. 4free somebody/something (up) to make someone or something available for a particular purpose We freed time each week for a project meeting. The government has promised to free up more resources for education.
  8. 5free somebody to do something to give someone the extra time to do something that they want to do Winning the prize freed him to paint full-time.
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