free·ly | \ ˈfrē-lē \

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

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Just drive through the gate and into 160 acres of pine forest populated by bears, wolves, bison, bighorn sheep and more, all roaming freely — although bears and wolves are partitioned off from their snack-like neighbors. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 Along with a visitor platform that will allow guests to watch animals roam freely, the sanctuary will also have security inside and outside the elephant barns to protect the animals from any harm. Kelli Bender,, "Freed Circus Elephants Are Getting Their First European Retirement Home: Photos," 12 June 2018 Time is spent split between a base camp where your new friends roam freely, and exploring the island. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Pokémon Quest is the best free-to-play game in the series yet," 2 June 2018 The peacocks are known for roaming freely around the Philadelphia Zoo. CBS News, "Peacocks escape Philadelphia Zoo, one dead, officials say," 31 May 2018 The four peacocks are part of large flock of peacocks that roam freely at the zoo in west Philadelphia, where they are cared for by zoo staff. Darran Simon And Janet Digiacomo, CNN, "Peacocks go missing from Philadelphia Zoo; 1 found dead," 31 May 2018 Younger roams more freely in her improvisations than Ashby without forsaking the jazz great’s plush melodic touch. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Brandee Younger picks up the torch of jazz harp pioneers for the hip-hop generation," 31 May 2018 Private cars are banned; a fleet of self-driving shuttles and robotaxis would roam freely. The Economist, "The world’s first neighbourhood built “from the internet up”," 2 May 2018 The money issue The issue of money has loomed large in the race, in part because of Pritzker’s fortune, which places him on the annual Forbes 400 and has allowed him to spend freely in the primary campaign. Kim Geiger,, "Chris Kennedy, who's not that into politics, is carrying his family's legacy into governor's race," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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