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free

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of free

  1. 1 not being under the rule or control of another the 20th century saw many African countries become free after many years of European rule Synonyms of free autonomous, freestanding, independent, self-governed, self-governing, self-ruling, separate, sovereign (also sovran) Words Related to free freeborn; delivered, emancipated, freed, liberated, manumitted, redeemed, released; unconquered, unruled, unsupervised; empowered, enfranchised; democratic, republican Near Antonyms of free bound, captive, conquered, enslaved, fettered, subdued, subjugated; inferior, subordinate, subservient Antonyms of free dependent, nonautonomous, non-self-governing, subject, unfree

  2. 2 no longer burdened with something unpleasant or painful after our son arrived home safely, we were grateful to be free from worry Synonyms of free disencumbered, quit, shut (of), unburdened Words Related to free delivered, freed, liberated, released; unhampered, unimpeded Near Antonyms of free encumbered, handicapped, hindered, hobbled

  3. 3 not bound, confined, or detained by force all of the animals in the game preserve are free to roam all over its vast area Synonyms of free footloose, loose, unbound, unconfined, unrestrained Words Related to free escaped; uncaged, unchained, unfettered, unleashed; uncaught; unanchored, unbolted, undone, unfastened, untied; clear, disengaged Phrases at large, at liberty Near Antonyms of free caught; caged, chained, enclosed (also inclosed), immured, imprisoned, leashed, penned; anchored, bolted, fastened, fettered, manacled, shackled, tied; kidnapped (also kidnaped) Antonyms of free bound, confined, restrained, unfree

  4. 4 not costing or charging anything although the museum normally charges admission, on Wednesdays it is free to all Synonyms of free complimentary, costless, gratis, gratuitous Words Related to free nominal; bestowed, donated, given; pro bono; discretionary, freewill, optional, voluntary; honorary, uncompensated, unpaid Phrases on the house Near Antonyms of free paid; costly, dear, expensive, high

  5. 5 allowing passage without obstruction make sure the pass is free before you attempt the trip through the mountains this winter Synonyms of free clear, cleared, open, unclogged, unclosed, unobstructed, unstoppedWords Related to free enterable, navigable, passable; emptied, empty, unoccupied, vacant; exposed, revealed; gaping, wide, yawning; unbarred, unbolted, unclasped, unfastened, unlatched, unlocked, unsealed; unbuttoned, unclenched, unfolded, unfurled, unzippedNear Antonyms of free impassable (also impassible); constricted, cramped, encumbered, hampered, hindered, impeded, interfered (with), trammeled (or trammelled); barricaded, blockaded, dammed, gatedAntonyms of free blocked, clogged, closed, jammed, obstructed, plugged, shut, stopped, stuffed, uncleared

  6. 6 giving or sharing in abundance and without hesitation the lottery winner was very free with his money Synonyms of free bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, generous, freehanded, freehearted, fulsome, liberal, munificent, open, openhanded, unselfish, unsparing, unstintingWords Related to free extravagant, handsome, lavish, overgenerous, profuse; altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, hospitable, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical); big, greathearted, largehearted, magnanimous, openhearted; compassionate, good-hearted, kind, kindly, samaritan, sympatheticNear Antonyms of free mean, petty, small; frugal, spare, sparing, thrifty; chary, stinting; acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, desirous, grasping, hoggish, itchy, mercenary, rapacious; begrudging, envious, grudging, resentfulAntonyms of free cheap, close, closefisted, costive, illiberal [archaic], mingy, miserly, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, selfish, stingy, stinting, tight, tightfisted, uncharitable, ungenerous

  7. 7 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment this computer terminal is free if you need to use it Synonyms of free dead, dormant, fallow, inactive, idle, inert, inoperative, latent, off, unused, vacantWords Related to free abeyant, arrested, interrupted, suspended; unoccupied; asleep, comatose, lifeless, moribund, quiescent, sleepy; inoperable, unusable, unworkable, useless; dull, slowNear Antonyms of free functional, operable, operational, workable; assiduous, industrious, sedulous; energetic, vigorous; feasible, practical, usable (also useable), useful, viableAntonyms of free active, alive, busy, employed, functioning, going, living, on, operating, operative, running, working

  8. 8 showing a lack of proper social reserve or modesty she's a little too free with information about her social life Synonyms of free bold, familiar, forward, presumptuous, immodest, overfamiliar, presumingWords Related to free arrogant, bumptious, complacent, conceited, egoistic (also egoistical), egomaniacal, egotistic (or egotistical), highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-hat, hoity-toity, important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-asserting, self-assertive, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-important, self-satisfied, smug, uppity, vain, vainglorious; cavalier, disdainful, haughty, lordly, pretentious, snobbish, stuck-up, supercilious, superior; audacious, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen, cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, overbold, pert, sassy, saucy; confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; boastful, braggart, bragging; domineering, high-handed, imperious; self-absorbed, self-centered, self-concerned, self-engrossed, self-infatuated, self-interested, self-involved, selfish, self-obsessed, self-seekingNear Antonyms of free demure, down-to-earth, humble, lowly, meek, unassertive, unpretentious; bashful, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid, timorous; diffident, self-doubtingAntonyms of free modest, unassuming

  9. 9 not physically attached to another unit an arrangement of free columns adds interest to the Greco-Roman sculpture garden Synonyms of free detached, disconnected, discrete, separate, freestanding, single, unattached, unconnectedWords Related to free independent, self-contained; individual, privateNear Antonyms of free adjoiningAntonyms of free attached, connected, joined, linked

Synonym Discussion of free

free, independent, sovereign, autonomous mean not subject to the rule or control of another. free stresses the complete absence of external rule and the full right to make all of one's own decisions.
    • you're free to do as you like
independent implies a standing alone; applied to a state it implies lack of connection with any other having power to interfere with its citizens, laws, or policies.
    • the colony's struggle to become independent
sovereign stresses the absence of a superior power and implies supremacy within a thing's own domain or sphere.
    • separate and sovereign armed services
autonomous stresses independence in matters pertaining to self-government.
    • in this denomination each congregation is regarded as autonomous

free

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of free

  1. 1 to set free (as from slavery or confinement) a global crusade to free Nelson Mandela from a South African prison had emerged Synonyms of free discharge, disenthrall (also disenthral), emancipate, enfranchise, enlarge, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter Words Related to free bail (out), deliver, parole, ransom, redeem, rescue, save; adrift, disembarrass, disencumber, disengage, disentangle, extricate; unshackle Phrases turn loose Near Antonyms of free handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; commit, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, lock (up); conquer, enslave, subdue, subjugate Antonyms of free bind, confine, enchain, fetter, restrain

  2. 2 to make passage through (something) possible by removing obstructions we'll free the river by breaking up the ice jam Synonyms of free clear, open, unclog, unplug, unstopWords Related to free ease, facilitate, loosen (up), smoothNear Antonyms of free constrict, encumber, hamper, hinder, impede, interfere (with), obstruct, trammel; barricade, blockadeAntonyms of free block, clog (up), close, dam (up), plug (up), stop

  3. 3 to rid the surface of (as an area) from things in the way would you mind freeing up the work area so I can work? Synonyms of free clear, open, unblockWords Related to free ease, facilitate, loosen (up), smooth, unchoke, unclog, unplug, unstop; unclutter; stripNear Antonyms of free clog, close, dam, obstruct, plug, stop; clutter (up)Antonyms of free block

  4. 4 to set (a person or thing) free of something that encumbers a phone call would free your parents from worry Synonyms of free clear, disburden, disencumber, divest, rid, relieve, unburdenWords Related to free discharge, emancipate, enfranchise, liberate, loose, loosen, manumit, release, spring, unbind, uncage, unchain, unfetter; bail (out), deliver, redeem, rescue; disengage, disentangle, extricateNear Antonyms of free bog (down), fetter, hamper, restrain, shackle, subject, weigh down, weight (down)Antonyms of free burden, encumber, saddle

  5. 5 to set free from entanglement or difficulty this plan should free us from debt Synonyms of free clear, disembarrass, disengage, disentangle, extricate, liberate, release, untangleWords Related to free deliver, redeem, rescue, save; disburden, disencumber, unburden; unravel, unsnarl, untie, untwineNear Antonyms of free block, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct; burden, encumber, load, weighAntonyms of free embroil, entangle

Synonym Discussion of free

free, release, liberate, emancipate, manumit mean to set loose from restraint or constraint. free implies a usually permanent removal from whatever binds, confines, entangles, or oppresses.
    • freed the animals from their cages
release suggests a setting loose from confinement, restraint, or a state of pressure or tension, often without implication of permanent liberation.
    • released his anger on a punching bag
liberate stresses particularly the resulting state of liberty.
    • liberated their country from the tyrant
emancipate implies the liberation of a person from subjection or domination.
    • labor-saving devices emancipated us from household drudgery
manumit implies emancipation from slavery.
    • the document manumitted the slaves

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