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Free appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • He threw three free throws.
  • Free Ritz wristwatch.
    Try saying Ritz wristwatch 5 times fast!
    (from the back of a Ritz cracker box)
  • Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
    While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
    Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
    Freezy trees made these trees' cheese freeze.
    That's what made these three free fleas sneeze.
    (from Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss)

Free appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • So many deer free dynamos.
  • One-litre free beer… fertile, no?
  • Eh caballero, free beer for Ella Bache!
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Usage statistics for the adjective free:

spoken English35.19%written English64.81% conversational speech42.08%task-oriented speech57.92% imaginative writing41.21%informational writing58.79%
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The word free is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective free

What does free mean as an attribute of a noun?

Free is one of the top 50 most common adjectives in the English language.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: freer | freest

  1. not limited or hampered; not under compulsion or restraint
  2. unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion
  3. costing nothing
  4. not occupied or in use
    • examples: a free locker | a free lane
    • similar: unoccupied
  5. not fixed in position
    • example: he pulled his arm free and ran
    • synonym of free: detached
    • similar: unfixed
  6. not held in servitude
  7. not taken up by scheduled activities
    • example: a free hour between classes
    • synonym of free: spare
    • similar: unoccupied
  8. completely wanting or lacking
  9. not literal

Alternative definition of the adjective free


  1. Not imprisoned or enslaved.
  2. Obtainable without any payment.
  3. [by extension, chiefly advertising slang] Obtainable without additional payment, as a bonus given when paying for something else.
  4. See Unconstrained.
  5. [mathematics] Unconstrained by relators.
  6. [mathematics, logic] Unconstrained by quantifiers.
  7. Unobstructed, without blockages.
  8. Not in use
  9. Without obligations.
  10. [software] With very few limitations on distribution or improvement.
  11. Without; not containing (what is specified).
  12. [programming] Of identifiers, not bound.
  13. [botany, mycology] Not attached; loose.
  14. [of a, morpheme] That can be used by itself, unattached to another morpheme.

Definition of the adverb free

What does free mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. without restraint

Definition of the noun free

What does free mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: frees

  1. people who are free
    • example: the home of the free and the brave
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of free: free people
    • more generic word: people = any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

Alternative definition of the noun free


  1. [Australian rules football] Abbreviation of free kick.
  2. free transfer
  3. [Gaelic football, hurling] The usual means of restarting play after a foul is committed, where the non-offending team restarts from where the foul was committed.

Specialised definition of the noun free

Glossary of sports / figure skating

at any given moment, a skater is usually skating on one foot and the other is called the free foot. By extension, every other part on that side of the body is called "free," as free shoulder, free hip, free side, etc.

Definition of the verb free

What does free mean as a doing word?

Free is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: freed | freeing | frees

  1. grant freedom to; free from confinement
    • example: They want to free the prisoners
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source]The doctor cured PatVerbs of Removing: absolve, acquit, exonerate, pardon
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme]The doctor cured Pat of pneumonia
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] out of [Theme]The swindler cheated Pat out of her fortune
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate]Studies exonerated program trading as a source of volatility
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]The swindler bilked 20 dollars from his boss
      [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, object control with -ing]It freed him of feeling guiltFree Verbs: absolve, acquit, clear, cure, emancipate, release, relieve
      [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, not sentential clause]It freed him of guilt
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of free: liberate / loose / release / unloose / unloosen
    • antonym of free: confine
    • more specific terms:
      • unspell = release from a spell
      • unchain = make free
      • bail = release after a security has been paid
      • run = set animals loose to graze
      • bail out = free on bail
      • parole = release a criminal from detention and place him on parole
  2. relieve from
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source]The doctor cured Pat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme]The doctor cured Pat of pneumonia
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Source] out of [Theme]The swindler cheated Pat out of her fortune
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate]Studies exonerated program trading as a source of volatility
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]The swindler bilked 20 dollars from his boss

      Verbs of Removing (with the same syntax): absolve, acquit, exonerate, pardon.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of free: disembarrass / rid
    • more specific terms:
      • cleanse = purge of an ideology, bad thoughts, or sins
      • relieve = free from a burden, evil, or distress
      • smooth out / smooth = free from obstructions
      • clear = clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.
      • disinfest = rid of vermin
      • disembody = free from a body or physical form or reality
  3. remove or force out from a position
    • example: He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of free: dislodge
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. grant relief or an exemption from a rule or requirement to
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, object control with -ing]It freed him of feeling guilt
      [Cause] [Verb] [Source] of [Theme, not sentential clause]It freed him of guilt

      Free Verbs (with the same syntax): absolve, acquit, clear, cure, emancipate, release, relieve.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of free: exempt / relieve
    • more specific words:
  5. make (information) available for publication
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of free: release
    • more generic words: issue / supply = circulate or distribute or equip with
    • more specific word: declassify = lift the restriction on and make available again
  6. free from obligations or duties
  7. free or remove obstruction from
  8. let off the hook
  9. part with a possession or right
  10. release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
  11. make (assets) available
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of free: release / unblock / unfreeze
    • more generic words: issue / supply = circulate or distribute or equip with


  1. Free a.k.a. Free! is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The anime is based on the light novel written by Kōji Ōji, High Speed!, which received an honorable mention in the second Kyoto Animation Award contest in 2011 and was later published in July 2013. The first season, titled Free! -Iwatobi Swim Club- for international distribution, aired in Japan between July and September 2013, and the second season, titled Free! -Eternal Summer-, aired between July and September 2014.
  2. "Free" is a 2001 romantic dramedy directed by Andrew Avery, Written by Peter Hansen Gibson and Michael Kingston, starring Corin Nemec, Randall Batinkoff, Carmen Llywelyn and Ione Skye.
  3. "Free" is a 1973 documentary film written and directed by Bert Tenzer.
  4. "Free" is a 2014 film directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair.
    • language: English Language
    • released on
  5. "FREE" is a film, directed by David Collier & Suzanne LaFetra.


  1. "Free" is a song by the British quartet Rudimental featuring vocals from English-born Scottish recording artist and songwriter Emeli Sandé. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2013 as the sixth single from their debut studio album, Home. Another version of the single also features American rapper Nas.
  2. "Free": Free is the second album by English rock group Free, recorded and released in 1969. The band had spent time touring after their debut album Tons of Sobs the previous year, and there is a marked difference in the musicianship of the band as well as Paul Rodgers's voice. Whereas Tons of Sobs had been produced by Guy Stevens, Free was produced by the head of Island Records, Chris Blackwell.
  3. "Free" is a song by English recording artist Natalia Kills from her debut studio album, Perfectionist. Written by Kills, Jeff Bhasker, Kid Cudi and No I.D., produced by Bhasker. Lyrically, the song discusses materialism, consumerism, and obsessions with glamour and wealth. It was released digitally in Europe and the US as the album's third single in June 2011. The song was released as the second single in the UK on 11 September 2011.
  4. "Free" is a song by American recording artist Ultra Naté released on March 31, 1997 by her record label Strictly Rhythm. The song was co-written by Nate, Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone while production was held by both Springsteen and Ciafone. "Free" was served as the lead single from her third studio album, Situation: Critical. Musically, the song is a dance-pop influenced song that incorporates strong 90's house music and disco.
  5. "Free" is the title of Kate Ryan's fourth studio album. It was released on May 30, 2008 by ARS/Universal. It includes the singles, "Voyage Voyage", "L.I.L.Y.", "Ella elle l'a", "I Surrender" and "Your Eyes". The album performed moderately well on the charts and was certified Gold in Poland for shipments of 18,000 copies.
  6. "Free" is an album by Jazz bassist Marcus Miller. It was released in 2007.
    • genre: Jazz fusion
    • released on (7 years ago)
  7. "Free" is a popular 1976 song by Deniece Williams which was included on her album This Is Niecy. Written by Williams, Hank Redd, Nathan Watts and Susaye Greene and produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney.
  8. "Free" is the second album by American progressive rock band OSI, released by InsideOut Music on April 21, 2006.
  9. "Free" is Rick Astley's third album, released in 1991. It was his first album not to be produced by the noted production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. It gave Astley another hit single in the ballad "Cry for Help", which became a Top 10 in both the UK and US. Further singles "Move Right Out" and "Never Knew Love" were less successful. Free reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 40 and marked the end of a successful four-year period for Astley.
  10. "Free" is a 2007 album by violinist David Garrett, released in Europe by Decca.
  11. "Free" is the fourth album and first live recording from American contemporary gospel singer Kierra Sheard. It was released 18 October 2011 by Karew Records.
  12. "Free" is singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw's third album. The album was released on March 31, 2009. It was his final album for J Records.
  13. "Free" a.k.a. "Free!" is a composition.
  14. "Free" is a song recorded by American country music group Zac Brown Band for their 2008 album The Foundation. On April 12, 2010, it was released as the fifth and final single from the album. It debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts at number 54 for the week of May 1, 2010. The song was nominated for the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and the Best Country Song at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
    • music and lyrics by Zac Brown
    • award: - Grammy Award for Best Country Song (Track from: The Foundation) nomination for Zac Brown
  15. "Free" is an album by Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist Airto Moreira featuring performances recorded in 1972 and released on the CTI label. The album reached number 30 in the Billboard Jazz albums charts.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (43 years ago)
  16. "Free" is the first single by Japanese singer Erika Sawajiri under the alias Erika.
  17. "Free" is the fifth studio album by Israeli singer Dana International, released in 1999, the year after she won the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 with the song "Diva"; it includes an alternative version of the track. The album was produced by Dutch production team Bolland & Bolland with additional production and remix by influential Israeli DJ Offer Nissim.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  18. "Free" is an second studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Twin Atlantic. It was released on April 29, 2011 in Ireland and May 2, 2011 in the UK on Red Bull Records.
  19. "Free", is the fifth album from the Filipino rock band, Rivermaya. It has 10 tracks and was released independently on the internet, literally given away for free which is another first for any Filipino artist. “Free” was also named Album of the Year in the NU Rock Awards 2000 & is the last album with Nathan Azarcon.
  20. "Free" is a song written by Robert Lamm for the rock band Chicago and recorded for their third album Chicago III, with Terry Kath singing lead vocals. It was the first single released from this album, and peaked at #20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
  21. "Free" is the debut solo album by former Fat Boys member Prince Markie Dee. it was released in August 11, 1992 by Columbia Records. He had a minor hit with the single Typical Reasons in early 1993.
    • genre: Hip Hop
    • released on (22 years ago)
  22. "Free" is the debut single of Californian roots rock band Train. The song saw significant airplay on mainstream rock radio, later being featured on the TV show Party of Five.
  23. "Free" a.k.a. "Free..." is an EP by stoner metal band Acid King. It was released in February 2001 on Man's Ruin Records, as a split CD with Clearlight. The first four songs are performed by Acid King, and the remaining two by Clearlight. The Clearlight portion is entitled The Father, the Son and the Holy Smoke.
    • genre: Stoner rock
    • released on (14 years ago)
  24. "Free" is a song by American recording artist Mýá Harrsion. It served as Harrison’s third and final single from her second studio album Fear of Flying. Originally featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Bait, the song was one of the two tracks added to the re-release edition of Fear of Flying on November 7, 2000. It was written and composed by Jimmy Jam, Harrison, Terry Lewis, Alexander Richbourg, and Tony Tolbert. The lyrics of the song speak of being young and enjoying life.
  25. "Free" is the second solo single by British singer-songwriter Estelle taken from her debut album The 18th Day. The song features a rap from So Solid Crew's Megaman. It preceded the album's release by two weeks.
  26. "Free" is a music album by Libera, released on 5 October 2004.
  27. "Free" is a song performed by English classical crossover soprano Sarah Brightman from her ninth studio album, Harem. It was originally written in German by Matthias Meissner and Thomas Schwarz. The song was then re-written in English by Brightman in collaboration with Sophie B. Hawkins. The track was produced by Frank Peterson. It was released as the fourth and final single from Harem by Angel Records on 10 June 2003. The song contains prominent classical crossover and Middle Eastern pop musical characters. It is influenced by feelings of desperation and is lyrically about somebody who has lost somebody and is looking onto their relationship with somebody else.
  28. "Free" is Mao Abe's first album, released on January 21, 2009. It entered he Japanese Oricon album charts at #17, and was in the top 300 for 10 weeks. The album was released in two versions: a regular version and a CD+DVD version only on sale for a limit period of time.
    • also known as ふりぃ
    • genre: J-pop
    • released on (5 years ago)
  29. "Free" is the fourth album from gospel group, Virtue.
  30. "Free" is the second album by R&B group For Real, released in 1996.
  31. "Free" is a song by Mao Abe. It was released as the main promotional track from her debut album, Free, in January 2009. Free is an upbeat pop rock song. In the lyrics, the protagonist expresses her feelings about how free she feels, and how she 'isn't the good girl she was yesterday.
  32. "Free" is a pop rock song performed by British singer and actress Dani Harmer. The song was released for digital download on May 22, 2009 as the lead single from Harmer's debut album, Superheroes. Despite excessive promotion, the song was deemed unsuccessful and failed to chart well, entering below 115. An acoustic version of "Free" was released the day after the single was on iTunes for paid download.
  33. "Free" is the second album by alternative rock band Concrete Blonde, featuring the addition of second guitarist Alan Bloch.
    • also known as Free (2004 Remastered Edition)
    • genre: Alternative rock
    • released in (26 years ago)
  34. "Free" is a musical single of Ultra Naté.
    • also known as Free: The Mood II Swing / Full Intention Mixes, Free (The Mood II Swing Mixes), Free (The Mixes)
    • released on (18 years ago)
  35. "Free" is The Party's second studio album. Teddy Riley wrote three songs for the album, including the New Jack Swing-tinged title song, "Free," which was also remixed by house-music legends Steve "Silk" Hurley and E-Smoove. Dr. Dre produced the song "Let's Get Right Down to It," and the group itself also got involved in the writing and producing of the album, which would once again land it another concert tour opening spot with Color Me Badd, its last special for the Disney Channel, "All About The Party," and an appearance on Blossom. However, the album was not as successful on the charts as previous ones, which prompted Damon Pampolina to leave the group.


  1. Free a.k.a. Paul Kossoff was a guitarist.
  2. Free a.k.a. Brent Daniels is a singer-songwriter and a film score composer.

There are other people with in their name, like Free Dun, Free Sol, Dave Free, Doug Free, Eddy Free, Free Jack, Free Land, Luke Free, Phil Free, Ross Free and many others.


  1. Free was an English rock band formed in London in 1968 best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums. Lead guitarist Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler and died from a drug-induced heart failure at the age of 25 in 1976. Bassist Andy Fraser formed Sharks.
    • also known as The Free
    • members:
    • genres: Hard rock, Rock music, Blues rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rhythm and blues
    • albums: "Tons of Sobs", "Free", "Free at Last", "Fire and Water", "Best of Free", "All Right Now", "Heartbreaker", "Free Live!", "Chronicles", "BBC Sessions 1968-1971", "Highway", "Molten Gold: The Anthology", "Songs of Yesterday", "The Free Story", "Completely Free", "Walking in My Shadow: The Free Collection", "Classic Free", "My Brother Jake / Only My Soul", "Free – Live at the BBC", "20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Free", "Stealer", "Wishing Well", "All Right Now: The Collection", "Rock Legends", "Live at the BBC", "Isle of Wight (1970)"
    • official website:
  2. Free a.k.a. Free!! was a Spanish mákina group composed of Alberto Tapia and Pedro Miras. They are known for being one of the most representative groups of the 90's Spanish "Mákina" phenomenon, at the time when this genre crossed over from dance clubs to the pop music arena. Popular songs by the group include "Doctor Beat", "This Groove", and "Kanashimi o Moyashite".

There are other groups with in their name, like Free..., Free Yon, Tax Free, tax-free, Feel Free, Free base, Free Beer, Free time, Free-base, Free-fall, Free-Time, Home Free, Lard Free, Stan Free, Feel Free!, Free Blood, Free Faces.


Free is a French ISP, which is a subsidiary of Iliad. It operates in France. It was the first company to offer a "triple play" service in France, through its self-produced singular Freebox set-top box. It claims to be the first company to have invented the box marketing concept in France, in reference to all the other French ISPs, who thereafter released "triple play" modems named to include the anglicism box as a suffix.


  1. Free a.k.a. Free! is a comic book series.
  2. Free is an album by saxophonist Benny Golson recorded in late 1962 and originally released on the Argo label.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (52 years ago)

Phrases with Free

Phrases starting with the word Free:

  1. Free Up
  2. Free Ball
  3. Free Edge
  4. free fall
  5. free form
  6. free hand

Phrases ending with the word Free:

  1. -FREE
  2. Fat Free
  3. fat-free
  4. for free
  5. ice-free
  6. Jew-Free
  7. set free
  8. Tax Free
  9. tax-free
  10. Acid-Free
  11. cell-free
  12. drug-free
  13. duty-free
  14. Feel Free

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Free

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Google previewFreespirit (2013)

At Last I Am Free to Be Me by Reverend Judith Wilkinson-Zornig, MMSc

Being free means that you are free to be yourself at all times. You live with integrity, you are clear in your opinions, ...

Google previewThe Will to Reason (2016)

Theodicy and Freedom in Descartes by C. P. Ragland

Being free means also being able to get things right, and so in our world being free means having libertarian twoway power. But in a possible world where humans were built with attention directed toward the norm of assent, we would freely ...

Google previewREALIGION (2010)

The Science of Reality by Matthew Ware

Being free means living outside of concepts, acting freely with your body. The self -fulfilling prophesy makes sure that your body brings out what is intended by your mind. Believing in yourself ensures you have the confidence to support your ...

Google previewPocket Dictionary of North American Denominations (2004)

Over 100 Christian Groups Clearly & Concisely Defined by Drew Blankman, Todd Augustine

Free Methodist Church of North America 66 worldly. The Brethren also practice adult baptism by triple forward immersion. The Grace Brethren grew from a division that occurred at Ashland College and Seminary in 1937. As a result of this ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion (2007)

by Junius P. Rodriguez

South, free black author David Walker was feared by slaveholders as a firebrand who ...

Google previewDictionary of Commerce and Management (2004)

by K.C.S. Ranganayakulu

FULL COST 111 FREE ENTERPRISE IDEOLOGY. A set of beliefs about an ideal way to organize economic life, including individualism, freedom, private property, profit, equality of opportunity, competition, the work ethic, natural laws, and a ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (2012)

by James Hoare

Radio Free Asia is a private non-profit-making corporation established in March 1996 under legislation passed by the United States Congress in 1994 and is supervised by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a bipartisan federal agency ...

Google previewThe Daily Telegraph: Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals& Herbal Supplements (2012)

by Sarah Brewer

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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective free:

spoken English35.19%written English64.81% conversational speech42.08%task-oriented speech57.92% imaginative writing41.21%informational writing58.79%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective free:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb free:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb free and its most common antonyms:

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“Free food for all”

Free education;

Free this, free that!

Free pregnancy;

Free children;

Free liars like you! (Adebayo Akande Smartfingers)
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Scrabble value of F4R1E1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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