freely

adverb
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for freely

Synonyms

voluntarily, willingly

Antonyms

involuntarily, unwillingly

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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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Trump's speech will be covered like some combination of a circus and a political death match, devoid of substance and allowing lies to flow freely, as sagely predicted by former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why You Shouldn't Watch Trump's Oval Office Address Tonight," 8 Jan. 2019 The plan would double the amount of water that must flow freely through the Low San Joaquin River and three of its tributaries from February to June, meaning less water can be diverted for farming or other needs. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "Farmers protest California water plan aimed to save salmon," 20 Aug. 2018 The invites follow a Lenovo product manager freely talking about Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 11 Series during an E3 video. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1180 could be unveiled next month," 2 July 2018 Theodore Roosevelt, the first great Republican Progressive, fought a Presidential campaign on the issue of ‘trust busting’ and talked freely about malefactors of great wealth. Robert D. Atkinson, The New Republic, "The Myth of the Roosevelt “Trustbusters”," 4 May 2018 McGowan talks freely with another officer while in his car. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Chair of Baltimore police oversight panel clashed with officer during traffic stop after consent decree hearing," 4 May 2018 The lanky South African was flamboyant, loved the spotlight, stepped on other executives’ toes and talked freely about product plans to obscure the fact that Cadillac’s model line was cadaverously thin compared with other global luxury brands. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Cadillac builds great cars -- so why the turmoil?," 27 Apr. 2018 The lanky South African was flamboyant, loved the spotlight, stepped on other executives’ toes and talked freely about product plans to obscure the fact that Cadillac’s model line was cadaverously thin compared with other global luxury brands. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "General Motors lacks vision for what Cadillac should become," 24 Apr. 2018 The individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk freely about private discussions. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump privately presses for military to pay for border wall," 27 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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