free·​ly ˈfrē-lē How to pronounce freely (audio)
: in a free manner: such as
: of one's own accord
left home freely
: with freedom from external control
a freely elected government
: without restraint or reservation
spent freely on clothes
: without hindrance
a gate swinging freely
: not strictly following a model, convention, or rule
freely translated

Examples of freely in a Sentence

I will freely give my life for my country. the horse broke the halter rope quite freely
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of freely was before the 12th century

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“Freely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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