Definition of free adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//friː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//friː//
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    without payment
  1. 1  (also free of charge) without payment Children under five travel free.
  2. not trapped
  3. 2  away from or out of a position in which somebody/something is stuck or trapped The wagon broke free from the train. see also scot-free
  4. Word OriginOld English frēo (adjective), frēon (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vrij and German frei, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘to love’, shared by friend.Idioms
    make free with something
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    (disapproving) to use something a lot, even though it does not belong to you Does she know that you're making free with her belongings?
    (of an animal) to be allowed to go where it likes; not tied to anything or kept in a cage to be allowed to leave court, etc., without receiving any punishment See related entries: Types of punishment
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: free