Webster 1913 Edition
Exempt from subjection to the will of others; not under restraint, control, or compulsion; able to follow one’s own impulses, desires, or inclinations; determining one's own course of action; not dependent; at liberty.
That which has the power, or not the power, to operate, is that alone which is or is not
Not under an arbitrary or despotic government; subject only to fixed laws regularly and fairly administered, and defended by them from encroachments upon natural or acquired rights; enjoying political liberty.
Liberated, by arriving at a certain age, from the control of parents, guardian, or master.
Not confined or imprisoned; released from arrest; liberated; at liberty to go.
Set an unhappy prisoner
Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; – said of the will.
Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love.
free, what proof could they have given sincere
Of true allegiance, constant faith, or love.
Clear of offense or crime; guiltless; innocent.
My hands are guilty, but my heart is
Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.
freeonly with a few.
Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; – used in a bad sense.
The critics have been very
freein their censures.
A man may live a
freelife as to wine or women.
Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish;
freewith his money
Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with;
as,; – followed by from, or, rarely, by of.
freefrom a burden
Princes declaring themselves
freefrom the obligations of their treaties.
Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited;
Invested with a particular freedom or franchise; enjoying certain immunities or privileges; admitted to special rights; – followed by of.
He therefore makes all birds, of every sect,
Freeof his farm.
Thrown open, or made accessible, to all; to be enjoyed without limitations; unrestricted; not obstructed, engrossed, or appropriated; open; – said of a thing to be possessed or enjoyed;
Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as
For me as for you?
For me as for you?
Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous;
Not arbitrary or despotic; assuring liberty; defending individual rights against encroachment by any person or class; instituted by a free people; – said of a government, institutions, etc.
(O. Eng. Law)
Certain or honorable; the opposite of
Privileged or individual; the opposite of common;
Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape;
freecarbonic acid gas;
the capacity or power of choosing or acting freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will.–
a widow's right in the copyhold lands of her husband, corresponding to dower in freeholds.–
a vessel's side between water line and gunwale.–
an unsaturated or unemployed unit, or bond, of affinity or valence, of an atom or radical.–
a chapel not subject to the jurisdiction of the ordinary, having been founded by the king or by a subject specially authorized.
a charge of electricity in the free or statical condition; free electricity.–
A church whose sittings are for all and without charge.
An ecclesiastical body that left the Church of Scotland, in 1843, to be free from control by the government in spiritual matters.–
Free city, or
a city or town independent in its government and franchises, as formerly those of the Hanseatic league.–
freedom from charges or expenses.
Free and easy,
unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities.
[Colloq.]“Sal and her free and easy ways.”
goods admitted into a country free of duty.–
the labor of freemen, as distinguished from that of slaves.–
A port where goods may be received and shipped free of custom duty.
A port where goods of all kinds are received from ships of all nations at equal rates of duty.–
Free public house,
in England, a tavern not belonging to a brewer, so that the landlord is free to brew his own beer or purchase where he chooses.
A school to which pupils are admitted without discrimination and on an equal footing.
A school supported by general taxation, by endowmants, etc., where pupils pay nothing for tuition; a public school.–
such feudal services as were not unbecoming the character of a soldier or a freemen to perform; as, to serve under his lord in war, to pay a sum of money, etc.
ships of neutral nations, which in time of war are free from capture even though carrying enemy's goods.–
a feudal tenure held by certain services which, though honorable, were not military.
those of the United States before the Civil War, in which slavery had ceased to exist, or had never existed.–
timber free from knots; clear stuff.–
that which is thought independently of the authority of others.–
commerce unrestricted by duties or tariff regulations.–
one who believes in free trade.–
To make free with,
to take liberties with; to help one's self to.
To sail free
to sail with the yards not braced in as sharp as when sailing closehauled, or close to the wind.
As I would be forgiven.
As I would be forgiven.
as, children admitted.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to release; to disengage; to clear; – followed by from, and sometimes by off;
freea captive or a slave; to be
freedof these inconveniences.
Our land is from the rage of tigers
Arise, . . .
freethy people from their yoke.
To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of.
This master key
Freesevery lock, and leads us to his person.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Being at liberty; not being under necessity or restraint, physical or moral; a word of general application to the body, the will or mind, and to corporations.
2.In government, not enslaved; not in a state of vassalage or dependence; subject only to fixed laws, made by consent, and to a regular administration of such laws; not subject to the arbitrary will of a sovereign or lord; as a free state, nation or people.
3.Instituted by a free people, or by consent or choice of those who are to be subjects, and securing private rights and privileges by fixed laws and principles; not arbitrary or despotic; as a free constitution or government.
There can be no free government without a democratical branch in the constitution.
4.Not imprisoned, confined or under arrest; as, the prisoner is set free.
5.Unconstrained; unrestrained; not under compulsion or control. A man is free to pursue his own choice; he enjoys free will.
6.Permitted; allowed; open; not appropriated; as, places of honor and confidence are free to all; we seldom hear of a commerce perfectly free.
7.Not obstructed; as, the water has a free passage or channel; the house is open to a free current of air.
8.Licentious; unrestrained. The reviewer is very free in his censures.
9.Open; candid; frank; ingenuous; unreserved; as, we had a free conversation together.
Will you be free and candid to your friend?
10.Liberal in expenses; not parsimonious; as a free purse; a man is free to give to all useful institutions.
11.Gratuitous; not gained by importunity or purchase. He made him a free offer of his services. It is a free gift. The salvation of men is of free grace.
12.Clear of crime or offense; guiltless; innocent.
My hands are guilty, but my heart is free.
13.Not having feeling or suffering; clear; exempt; with from; as free from pain or disease; free from remorse.
14.Not encumbered with; as free from a burden.
15.Open to all, without restriction or without expense; as a free school.
16.Invested with franchises; enjoying certain immunities; with of; as a man free of the city of London.
17.Possessing without vassalage or slavish conditions; as free of his farm.
18.Liberated from the government or control of parents, or of a guardian or master. A son or an apprentice, when of age, is free.
19.Ready; eager; not dull; acting without spurring or shipping; as a free horse.
20.Genteel; charming. [Not in use.]
1.To remove from a thing any encumbrance or obstruction; to disengage from; to rid; to strip; to clear; as, to free the body from clothes; to free the feet from fetters; to free a channel from sand.
2.To set at liberty; to rescue or release from slavery, captivity or confinement; to loose. The prisoner is freed from arrest.
3.To disentangle; to disengage.
He that is dead is freed from sin. Rom. 6.
5.To manumit; to release from bondage; as, to free a slave.
6.To clear from water, as a ship by pumping.
7.To release from obligation or duty.
To free from or free of, is to rid of, by removing, in any manner.