free·​load | \ ˈfrē-ˌlōd How to pronounce freeload (audio) \
freeloaded; freeloading; freeloads

Definition of freeload

intransitive verb

: to impose upon another's generosity or hospitality without sharing in the cost or responsibility involved : sponge

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freeloader noun

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Examples of freeload in a Sentence

after college, he freeloaded off his parents for several years before finally moving out
Recent Examples on the Web Adult children who are basically capable should not be freeloading off their parents, depleting their retirement accounts. John Rosemond, ajc, "The problem with ‘parenting’," 10 Apr. 2020 Whatever leftover food the fat innkeeper doesn't eat gets gobbled up by other bottom-dwellers such as crab, shrimp, and clams, which take up residence inside these burrows to freeload off of the worm. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "This Weird Sea Creature Looks So Familiar, But We Can't Quite Place It," 13 Dec. 2019 Are your only career options workaholic or freeloading bohemian? Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Hulu's 'Dollface' is an offensive caricature of millennial women," 15 Nov. 2019 If the government mandates that Alphabet break up, the company’s many freeloading children would have to take care of themselves. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: I’m a Google Shareholder. Here’s Why I Think More Regulation Would Be Good for Google," 26 July 2019 The benefits of a breakup The crux of it is that Google’s core search business is so profitable that the rest of Alphabet’s many subsidiaries are freeloading off it. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: I’m a Google Shareholder. Here’s Why I Think More Regulation Would Be Good for Google," 26 July 2019 And foreign governments are freeloading off of our investments in innovation. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump to Drop Call for Medicare to Negotiate Lower Drug Prices," 10 May 2018 When the accident victim turns out to have the couple’s address in his pocket and a shady connection to Lindsey’s freeloading younger sister, Hannah (Perla Haney-Jardine), a scary situation turns terrifying. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: A Cover-Up Turns Terrifying in ‘Midnighters’," 1 Mar. 2018 Alexander Pirozzi willingly left when his girlfriend kicked him out of her Sebastian apartment for freeloading. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He’s got a few problems: parents, girlfriend, drugs — and his arresting officer’s race?," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of freeload

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Freeload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of freeload

informal + disapproving : to get or ask for things (such as food, money, or a place to live) from people without paying for them

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