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 In the open, rolling terrain of the Donbass, tanks can move more freely and have a greater impact on the battle, with serious consequences for Ukrainian defenders. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2022 Once inside, ransomware can move freely without further authentication with a traditional perimeter security approach. Etay Maor, Forbes, 1 July 2022 After officials at one testing site told residents they could not be tested — and therefore could not move freely about the city — a resident smashed a table and injured a worker. New York Times, 29 June 2022 His team put a collagen bandage on a part of the finger that had been inflicted with a wound to mend it, and the robot was able to move freely after the protein repaired the skin. Megan Marples, CNN, 10 June 2022 Featuring five toes and a slim, flexible, Vibram sole, the game-changing FiveFingers shoe allows the wearer to move freely, as if barefoot. Outside Online, 1 June 2022 But the industry has been working to cut the cord, in part because being able to move freely opens to door to more applications and use cases beyond gaming. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2022 The permit process and Pebble’s appeal should be able to move freely forward, without the EPA launching an outside process, Shively said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2022 Stories from that phase of his life flow more freely than the details of his five holes-in-one, which tend to run together. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of freely

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jul 2022

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“Freely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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