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free

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of free

  1. 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, freestanding, independent, self-governed, self-governing, self-ruling, separate, sovereign (also sovran) Related Words freeborn; delivered, emancipated, freed, liberated, manumitted, redeemed, released; unconquered, unruled, unsupervised; empowered, enfranchised; democratic, republican Near Antonyms bound, captive, conquered, enslaved, fettered, subdued, subjugated; inferior, subordinate, subservient Antonyms dependent, nonautonomous, non-self-governing, subject, unfree

  2. 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, shut (of), unburdened Related Words delivered, freed, liberated, released; unhampered, unimpeded Near Antonyms encumbered, handicapped, hindered, hobbled

  3. 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 Phrases at large, at liberty Near Antonyms caught; caged, chained, enclosed (also inclosed), immured, imprisoned, leashed, penned; anchored, bolted, fastened, fettered, manacled, shackled, tied; kidnapped (also kidnaped) Antonyms bound, confined, restrained, unfree

  4. 4 not costing or charging anything <although the museum normally charges admission, on Wednesdays it is free to all> Synonyms complimentary, costless, gratis, gratuitous Related Words nominal; bestowed, donated, given; pro bono; discretionary, freewill, optional, voluntary; honorary, uncompensated, unpaid Phrases on the house Near Antonyms paid; costly, dear, expensive, high

  5. 5 allowing passage without obstruction <make sure the pass is free before you attempt the trip through the mountains this winter> Synonyms clear, cleared, open, unclogged, unclosed, unobstructed, unstoppedRelated Words enterable, navigable, passable; emptied, empty, unoccupied, vacant; exposed, revealed; gaping, wide, yawning; unbarred, unbolted, unclasped, unfastened, unlatched, unlocked, unsealed; unbuttoned, unclenched, unfolded, unfurled, unzippedNear Antonyms impassable (also impassible); constricted, cramped, encumbered, hampered, hindered, impeded, interfered (with), trammeled (or trammelled); barricaded, blockaded, dammed, gatedAntonyms blocked, clogged, closed, jammed, obstructed, plugged, shut, stopped, stuffed, uncleared

  6. 6 giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation <the lottery winner was very free with his money> Synonyms bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, generous, freehanded, freehearted, fulsome, liberal, munificent, open, openhanded, unselfish, unsparing, unstintingRelated Words extravagant, handsome, lavish, overgenerous, profuse; altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, hospitable, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); big, greathearted, largehearted, magnanimous, openhearted; compassionate, good-hearted, kind, kindly, samaritan, sympatheticNear Antonyms mean, petty, small; frugal, spare, sparing, thrifty; chary, stinting; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentfulAntonyms cheap, close, closefisted, costive, illiberal [archaic], mingy, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, selfish, stingy, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerous

  7. 7 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment <this computer terminal is free if you need to use it> Synonyms dead, dormant, fallow, inactive, idle, inert, inoperative, latent, off, unused, vacantRelated Words abeyant, arrested, interrupted, suspended; unoccupied; asleep, comatose, lifeless, moribund, quiescent, sleepy; inoperable, unusable, unworkable, useless; dull, slowNear Antonyms functional, operable, operational, workable; assiduous, industrious, sedulous; energetic, vigorous; feasible, practical, usable (also useable), useful, viableAntonyms active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, going, living, on, operating, operative, running, working

  8. 8 showing a lack of proper social reserve or modesty <she's a little too free with information about her social life> Synonyms bold, familiar, forward, presumptuous, immodest, overfamiliar, presumingRelated Words arrogant, bumptious, complacent, conceited, egoistic (also egoistical), egomaniacal, egotistic (or egotistical), highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-hat, hoity-toity, important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-asserting, self-assertive, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-important, self-satisfied, smug, uppity, vain, vainglorious; cavalier, disdainful, haughty, lordly, pretentious, snobbish, stuck-up, supercilious, superior; audacious, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen, cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, overbold, pert, sassy, saucy; confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; boastful, braggart, bragging; domineering, high-handed, imperious; self-absorbed, self-centered, self-concerned, self-engrossed, self-infatuated, self-interested, self-involved, selfish, self-obsessed, self-seekingNear Antonyms demure, down-to-earth, humble, lowly, meek, unassertive, unpretentious; bashful, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid, timorous; diffident, self-doubtingAntonyms modest, unassuming

  9. 9 not physically attached to another unit <an arrangement of free columns adds interest to the Greco-Roman sculpture garden> Synonyms detached, disconnected, discrete, separate, freestanding, single, unattached, unconnectedRelated Words independent, self-contained; individual, privateNear Antonyms adjoiningAntonyms attached, connected, joined, linked




free

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of free

  1. 1 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) <a global crusade to free Nelson Mandela from a South African prison had emerged> Synonyms discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter Related Words bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackle Phrases turn loose Near Antonyms handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugate Antonyms bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain

  2. 2 to make passage through (something) possible by removing obstructions <we'll free the river by breaking up the ice jam> Synonyms clear, open, unclog, unplug, unstopRelated Words ease, facilitate, loosen (up), smoothNear Antonyms constrict, encumber, hamper, hinder, impede, interfere (with), obstruct, trammel; barricade, blockadeAntonyms block, clog (up), close, dam (up), plug (up), stop

  3. 3 to rid the surface of (as an area) from things in the way <would you mind freeing up the work area so I can work?> Synonyms clear, open, unblockRelated Words ease, facilitate, loosen (up), smooth, unchoke, unclog, unplug, unstop; unclutter; stripNear Antonyms clog, close, dam, obstruct, plug, stop; clutter (up)Antonyms block

  4. 4 to set (a person or thing) free of something that encumbers <a phone call would free your parents from worry> Synonyms clear, disburden, disencumber, divest, rid, relieve, unburdenRelated Words discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter; bail (out), deliver, redeem, rescue; disengage, disentangle, extricateNear Antonyms bog (down), fetter, hamper, restrain, shackle, subject, weigh down, weight (down)Antonyms burden, encumber, saddle

  5. 5 to set free from entanglement or difficulty <this plan should free us from debt> Synonyms clear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, extricate, liberate, release, untangleRelated Words deliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwineNear Antonyms block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weighAntonyms embroil, entangle




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