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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Synonyms & Antonyms for freely


voluntarily, willingly


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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The enhanced road now already allows traffic to more freely flow to and from the interstate. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The $50 million West Waukesha Bypass project will (finally) be complete this fall, DOT says," 4 June 2019 Unlike classic headstand, this pose allows the neck to lengthen freely, which is especially helpful for those with a curve imbalance. Lauren Depino, Glamour, "My Scoliosis Caused Me Pain and Shame—Then It Helped Me Learn to Find Alignment," 10 Apr. 2019 Saudi baristas wearing skinny jeans whipped up lattes while up-tempo music played and men and women mingled freely. Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "New Social Rules Leave Saudis Confused About How to Behave," 31 Mar. 2019 Gold hoops were worn freely through the halls of Crete’s ancient palaces (2000-1600 BC) and by women in Mesopotamia circa 2500 BC. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How to Find the Perfect Gold Hoops," 29 Mar. 2019 In 2011, the primary source of IP address space, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), ran out of freely available 32-bit IPv4 addresses. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Ars' 20 years of archives, for instance, are freely available on our website. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch," 23 Dec. 2018 And public space ceases to be public if people can’t freely use it—including using it free of fear that they will be inaccurately profiled by humans or autonomous systems. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 As for that whole handing-over-personal-data thing? Biometrics supporters point out that most consumers now freely share vast amounts of data online, and are accustomed to using biometric IDs to perform tasks like unlocking their phones. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Future of Biometrics at the Airport," 20 Sep. 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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