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 Bloomberg, who is spending freely from a personal fortune worth billions, could improve the Democratic nominee’s competitiveness, both with his financial largess and by reducing the lag time to ramp up caused by the need to fundraise. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Damn right it will have an effect': GOP fears Bloomberg spending could doom Trump in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 Those entering ports in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region can travel freely among these municipalities and provinces. Stephanie Vermillion, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Know About China's New Visa-Free 6-Day Travel Permit," 25 Nov. 2019 But milk and the other milk-like liquids travel freely across the country and, for the state to bypass interstate commerce laws, 10 other states must also approve the same law. USA Today, "Puppies, phones and porn: How model legislation affects consumers’ lives," 20 Nov. 2019 But biologists can now travel more freely as well, and the race is on to tally Colombia's abundant fauna. Curtis Brainard, Scientific American, "Lucy in the Sky with Crystals," 17 Oct. 2019 USA TODAY Women in Saudi Arabia will finally be allowed to apply for a passport and travel freely without having to secure permission from a male relative, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that gave men control over women. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Saudi Arabia finally allows women to have passports, travel without male guardian," 2 Aug. 2019 The family faced a choice between staying in the home and losing the right to travel freely to and from the city of their birth, or moving into a cramped apartment within the city lines. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 Still, declarations about the pain-relieving benefits of marijuana from former players – able to speak freely without risking a strike under the policy – should count for something in showing the NFL’s policy is so far behind the times. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL continues to lag behind the times on marijuana rules," 20 Dec. 2019 That version would allow supervisors to speak freely but said the county's official opinion could come only from the county, not from individual supervisors. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After criticism, Wisconsin county shelves plan to prosecute journalists and officials who speak about water issues without permission," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Freely.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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