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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
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2 no longer burdened with something unpleasant or painful

  • after our son arrived home safely, we were grateful to be free from worry
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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
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at large, at liberty

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4 not costing or charging anything

  • although the museum normally charges admission, on Wednesdays it is free to all
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on the house

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5 allowing passage without obstruction

  • make sure the pass is free before you attempt the trip through the mountains this winter
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7 not being in a state of use, activity, or employment

  • this computer terminal is free if you need to use it
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at rest, on the shelf, out of commission

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9 not physically attached to another unit

  • an arrangement of free columns adds interest to the Greco-Roman sculpture garden
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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

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1 to set free (as from slavery or confinement)

  • a global crusade to free Nelson Mandela from a South African prison had emerged
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turn loose

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2 to make passage through (something) possible by removing obstructions

  • we'll free the river by breaking up the ice jam
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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?
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4 to set (a person or thing) free of something that encumbers

  • a phone call would free your parents from worry
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5 to set free from entanglement or difficulty

  • this plan should free us from debt
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cut loose

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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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