free agent

noun

Definition of free agent

: a professional athlete (such as a baseball player) who is free to negotiate a contract with any team

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Examples of free agent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2022. Jared Wyllys, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Choosing loyalty over the chance to be an unrestricted free agent next summer and play somewhere else, Aleksander Barkov has agreed to an eight-year extension with the Panthers, the team announced Friday. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 Choosing loyalty over the chance to be an unrestricted free agent next summer and play somewhere else, Barkov has agreed to an eight-year extension with the Panthers, the team announced Friday. Tim Reynolds, sun-sentinel.com, 8 Oct. 2021 One reason why the Cardinals were so willing to let Peterson walk this year as an unrestricted free agent is because of the growth and development of Murphy. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 Tight end Dalton Schultz, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next March, boosted his market on the national stage. David Moore, Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 LaVine is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and would be perhaps the best player on the market. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, 26 Sep. 2021 Tretter, 30, has been a rock of stability since signing with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2017, and hasn’t missed a snap despite some injuries, including a high ankle sprain. cleveland, 5 Sep. 2021 Baez, who is making more than $11 million this year, is an unrestricted free agent and will, apparently, be looking for a team where the paying customers are not allowed to express their opinions. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of free agent

1955, in the meaning defined above

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“Free agent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free%20agent. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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free agent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of free agent

: a person who is able to act freely without being controlled by someone else
: a professional athlete (such as a baseball player) who is free to sign a contract to play for any team

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