free·​ware | \ ˈfrē-ˌwer How to pronounce freeware (audio) \

Definition of freeware

: software that is available for use at no cost or for a nominal usually voluntary fee

Examples of freeware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The majority of unsolicited freeware will clog your computer with junk files, give you malware or provide entryways for hackers. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2021 Saunders sometimes does this stacking by hand and sometimes uses freeware used by astronomy photographers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2020 GEBCO world map / Basemap for bottom two maps created in GeoMapApp (an excellent freeware mapping tool) Brian Romans, WIRED, 19 Sep. 2010

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First Known Use of freeware

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Freeware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of freeware

: computer software that can be used at no cost

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