free·​ly | \ ˈfrē-lē How to pronounce freely (audio) \

Definition of freely

: in a free manner: such as
a : of one's own accord left home freely
b : with freedom from external control a freely elected government
c : without restraint or reservation spent freely on clothes
d : without hindrance a gate swinging freely
e : not strictly following a model, convention, or rule freely translated

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Examples of freely in a Sentence

I will freely give my life for my country. the horse broke the halter rope quite freely
Recent Examples on the Web The Trump that appeared in the East Room of the White House to honor the singers was not the same figure who likes to crack jokes and extemporize freely when rubbing shoulders with superstars. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Trump fumes as aides try to fill final days with perks of the White House," 15 Jan. 2021 With her future performance schedule uncertain, Daniels let the lease lapse on her home in the Garden District and moved into The Broomstick, enjoying, at least, the anonymity a mask offered her to roam freely without getting recognized. Chelsea Brasted,, "As Trump twilights, Stormy Daniels is all of us," 15 Jan. 2021 Twitter last week permanently suspended the account of Sci-Hub, the website that has posted millions of freely accessible copies of scientific articles pirated from subscription journals. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "Twitter shuts down account of Sci-Hub, the pirated-papers website," 13 Jan. 2021 The misinformation was flowing freely on the bus from Harrisburg. Julia Terruso Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Tribune, "Can Big Tech bans stop pro-Trump misinformation?," 13 Jan. 2021 At the ports, traffic is still moving freely across the Channel, but that is partly because the holdups are elsewhere. New York Times, "For Some Scottish Seafood Businesses, Brexit Could Be a Death Knell," 13 Jan. 2021 In the latter half of last week, calls for civil war circulated freely on Parler. Jen Golbeck, Wired, "There’s No Excuse to Ignore Warnings of Domestic Terrorism," 12 Jan. 2021 On the right was a photograph of several white men, one of whom is carrying a Confederate battle flag, roaming freely around the Capitol. Lisa Larson-walker, ProPublica, "She Photographed Police Abuse at a 2014 BLM March Then Watched the Image Go Viral During Capitol Riot," 11 Jan. 2021 At Brooks, however, the food comes freely flowing up the river. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1977, a biologist was nearly killed by a bear. That didn’t stop him from working for decades to understand them.," 9 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of freely

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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21 Jan 2021

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“Freely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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