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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Washing machines without agitators are gentler and allow more room for shoes to move freely. Isadora Baum, SELF, "Here’s How to Clean Sneakers Depending on the Material," 17 Feb. 2019 Think of the children who smile up trustfully into your faces and give freely to the unfortunate children over there. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Massive Helen Keller archive reveals little-known details about the advocate’s extraordinary life," 1 July 2018 For many brands that strive to source fairly, like Great Lengths, Woven Hair, and Hailes’ Just Extensions, India has become the most popular option, since women freely give their hair during a religious Hindu ceremony called tonsuring., "Death Threats & $3 Ponytails: What The Fake Hair Trade Is Hiding," 9 June 2018 George Brazil continues to freely give support and training through internal and external opportunities. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Small Companies," 7 June 2018 Consent had to be informed, unambiguous, and freely-given. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "How a New Era of Privacy Took Over Your Email Inbox," 24 May 2018 But Hanson says this is not much safer than having a password if it’s freely given out to everyone indiscriminately. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "'Incognito' browsing isn't really private, and 4 other privacy myths," 23 Apr. 2018 None of this suggests that whales freely give themselves to humans. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 Electric cars, which produce no emissions, driven by non-residents will also be allowed to freely enter the area. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Madrid’s ban on polluting vehicles cuts traffic by nearly 32 percent in some areas," 3 Dec. 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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