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Entry Word: free
Function: adjective
Text: 1 not being under the rule or control of another <the 20th century saw many African countries become free after many years of European rule>
Synonyms autonomous, independent, self-governing, separate, sovereign
Related Words freeborn; delivered, emancipated, freed, liberated, manumitted, redeemed, released; unconquered, ungoverned, unruled, unsupervised; empowered, enfranchised; democratic, republican
Near Antonyms captive, conquered, enslaved, subdued, subjugated; inferior, subordinate, subservient
Antonyms dependent, subject, unfree
2 no longer burdened with something unpleasant or painful <after our son arrived home safely, we were grateful to be free from worry>
Synonyms disencumbered, quit, unburdened
Related Words delivered, freed, liberated, released; unhampered, unimpeded
3 not bound, confined, or detained by force <all of the animals in the game preserve are free to roam all over its vast area>
Synonyms footloose, loose, unbound, unconfined, unrestrained
Related Words escaped; uncaged, unchained, unfettered, unleashed; uncaught; unanchored, unbolted, undone, unfastened, untied; clear, disengaged, unengaged
Phrases at large, at liberty
Near Antonyms caught; caged, chained, leashed; anchored, bolted, fastened, shackled, tied
Antonyms bound, confined, restrained, unfree
4 not costing or charging anything <although the museum normally charges admission, on Wednesdays it is free to all>
Synonyms complimentary, gratis, gratuitous
Related Words nominal; discretionary, freewill, optional, voluntary; honorary, uncompensated, unpaid
Near Antonyms paid
5 allowing passage without obstruction <make sure the pass is free before you attempt the trip through the mountains this winter> -- see OPEN 1
6 giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation <was very free with his money> -- see GENEROUS 1
7 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment <this computer terminal is free if you need to use it> -- see INACTIVE 2
8 showing a lack of proper social reserve or modesty <she's a little too free with information about her social life> -- see PRESUMPTUOUS 1