freely

adverb
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 All the characters experience the crushing weight of Stalinism: the inability to speak freely, the military’s political careerism and a growing Russian anti-Semitism. Wendy Z. Goldman, WSJ, 21 May 2021 The agency is still working on the authorization, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 One Democratic House member, who asked to remain anonymous to speak freely, grew emotional recalling how the behavior in recent days from Republican colleagues has resurrected a lot of terrible memories of the January attack. Lauren Fox, Daniella Diaz And Annie Grayer, CNN, 13 May 2021 There has also been a minor shift in media reporting about the pandemic, with journalists able to speak more freely. Priya Sippy, Quartz, 7 May 2021 Biden is set to meet with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at the White House on Thursday, though Moritsugu is not expected to attend, according to two sources granted anonymity to speak freely about internal discussions. Alexandra Jaffe, ajc, 15 Apr. 2021 Each player chooses three abilities among several to use with freely — save for some cool-downs. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Unlike other countries with freely trading currencies, Beijing has long kept a tight grip over its currency through capital controls and setting daily reference midpoints to guide the direction of trading. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 25 Feb. 2021 Customers can move freely between an ice cream shop, a wine bar and a brewery. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 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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2 Jun 2021

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“Freely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freely. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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