ˈfriːə(r) ; ˈfriːərfreest
ˈfriːɪst ; ˈfriːɪst
not controlled1 not under the control or in the power of somebody else; able to do what you wantI have no ambitions other than to have a happy life and be free.Students have a free choice of courses in their final year.free to do something You are free to come and go as you please. (informal) ‘Can I use the phone?’ ‘Please, feel free(= of course you can use it).’2 not restricted or controlled by anyone else; able to do or say what you wantA true democracy complete with free speech and a free press was called for.the country's first free electionThey gave me free access to all the files.
not prisoner3 (of a person) not a prisoner or slaveHe walked out of jail a free man.
animal/bird4 not tied up or in a cageThe researchers set the birds free.
no payment5 costing nothingAdmission is free.free samples/tickets/adviceWe're offering a fabulous free gift with each copy you buy.You can't expect people to work for free(= without payment).
not blocked6 clear; not blockedEnsure there is a free flow of air around the machine.
without something7 free from/of something not containing or affected by something harmful or unpleasantfree from difficulty/doubt/fearfree from artificial colours and flavouringsIt was several weeks before he was completely free of pain.8 -free (in adjectives) without the thing mentionedvirtually fat-free yogurttax-free earningsa trouble-free life
not attached/trapped9 free (of something) not attached to something or trapped by somethingPull gently on the free end of the rope.They had to be cut free from their car after the accident.She finally managed to pull herself free.
not being used10 not being usedHe held out his free hand and I took it.Is this seat free?
not busy11 free (for something) (of a person or time) without particular plans or arrangements; not busyIf Sarah is free for lunch I'll take her out.Keep Friday night free for my party.What do you like to do in your free time(= when you are not working)?
ready to give12 free with something (often disapproving) ready to give something, especially when it is not wantedHe's too free with his opinions.
translation13 a free translation is not exact but gives the general meaning compare literal
free and easy
informal; relaxedLife was never going to be so free and easy again.
get, have, etc. a free hand
to get, have, etc. the opportunity to do what you want to do and to make your own decisionsI was given a free hand in designing the syllabus.
get, take, etc. a free ride
to get or take something without paying because somebody else is paying for it
it's a free country(informal) used as a reply when somebody suggests that you should not do somethingIt's a free country; I'll say what I like!
more at be home free at home adverb, give/allow somebody/something free/full reingive/allow free/full rein to something at rein n.