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[friː] adj I
1) something that is free does not cost anything
There is plenty of free parking.[/ex]
The swimming pool is free for hotel guests.[/ex]
2) not held, tied, or fixed somewhere
Hand me the free end of the rope.[/ex]
Sally struggled to get free from the branches.[/ex]
3) not a prisoner or a SLAVE
He'll soon be a free man.[/ex]
4) not limited or controlled by rules
We like to believe we live in a free society.[/ex]
You are free to choose your own lawyer.[/ex]
5) available to see someone or do something
I'm busy at the moment, but I'll be free this afternoon.[/ex]
Are you free for lunch?[/ex]
6) available for someone to use
Is this seat free?[/ex]
I'll keep a day free next week for our meeting.[/ex]
I don't have much free time in this job.[/ex]
be free from/of sth — to be not containing or involving something that is unpleasant[/ex]
a world free from violence[/ex]
Doctors try to keep their patients free of pain.[/ex]
feel freespoken used for giving someone permission in a friendly way[/ex]
'Can I use the phone?' 'Feel free.'[/ex]
Feel free to help yourself to coffee.[/ex]
a free hand — the right to make your own decisions without asking someone's permission[/ex]
The board gave me a free hand to reorganize the company.[/ex]
II
verb [T]
free */[friː]
1) to let someone leave a prison or similar place
Syn:
release
The organization works to free political prisoners.[/ex]
2) to help someone to get out of a place
They helped to free the injured driver from the wreckage.[/ex]
3) to remove something unpleasant that affects someone
The aim of the law is to free manufacturing industry from bureaucratic controls.[/ex]
He has been freed of direct responsibility for his staff.[/ex]
4) to make someone or something available to be used
We need to free more police officers for street duties.[/ex]
A classroom assistant frees teachers to concentrate on teaching.[/ex]
- free sb/sth up
III
adv
free [friː]
1) without paying any money
We got in free.[/ex]
Children can stay free of charge.[/ex]
2) out of a place where you are being kept
The prisoner suddenly broke free and ran towards the car.[/ex]
3) without being controlled or stopped
dogs running free[/ex]

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