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 Saunders sometimes does this stacking by hand and sometimes uses freeware used by astronomy photographers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s an unprecedented look at Apollo 13’s damaged service module," 13 Apr. 2020 GEBCO world map / Basemap for bottom two maps created in GeoMapApp (an excellent freeware mapping tool) Brian Romans, WIRED, "Seafloor Sunday #73: Territorial disputes in the Arctic Ocean," 19 Sep. 2010

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First Known Use of freeware

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of freeware was in 1983

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“Freeware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of freeware

: computer software that can be used at no cost

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