Free may refer to:
- Liberty, also known as freedom
- Gratis, without payment required
- Gratis versus Libre, the distinction between the two meanings above
Free (For Real album)
Free is the second album by R&B group For Real, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music).
Free (Negativland album)
Free is a 1993 Negativland album. In the wake of leaving SST Records, Negativland revived their self-owned Seeland Records label, signed a distribution deal with Mordam Records, and released this album. The main topics are about liberty, the media, and what it means to be free. "Free" has found sounds, stories, and songs about a well-known convenience store, torture, the quality of urban life, Cadillacs, firearms, the bible, interstate trucking, geriatric discomfort, big dogs, bicycle safety, alcohol consumption, driving in circles, death, organ buttons, religious dialectics, and the truth about our National Anthem.
Free (Free album)
Free is the second album by English rock group Free, recorded and released in 1969. The band had spent time touring after their debut album Tons of Sobs the previous year, and there is a marked difference in the musicianship of the band as well as Paul Rodgers's voice. Whereas Tons of Sobs had been produced by Guy Stevens, Free was produced by the head of Island Records, Chris Blackwell.
Free was an English rock band formed in London in 1968, best known for their 1970 signature song " All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums. Lead guitarist Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler and died from drug-induced heart failure at the age of 25 in 1976. Bassist Andy Fraser formed Sharks.
The band was famed for its sensational live shows and nonstop touring. However, early studio albums did not sell very well – until the release of Fire and Water which featured the massive hit " All Right Now". The song helped secure them a place at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 where they played to 600,000 people.
By the early 1970s, Free was one of the biggest-selling British blues rock groups; by the time the band dissolved in 1973, they had sold more than 20 million albums around the world and had played more than 700 arena and festival concerts. "All Right Now," remains a rock staple, and had been entered into ASCAP's "One Million" airplay singles club.
Rolling Stone has referred to the band as "British hard rock pioneers". The magazine ranked Rodgers No. 55 in its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", while Kossoff was ranked No. 51 in its list of the " 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Free was signed to Island Records in the UK and A&M Records in North America. Both labels became part of the PolyGram group in 1989, then Universal Music Group in 1998; UMG now controls the band's catalogue worldwide.
Free (Concrete Blonde album)
Free is the second album by alternative rock band Concrete Blonde, featuring the addition of second guitarist Alan Bloch.
Free (Chicago song)
"Free" is a song written by Robert Lamm as a part of the "Travel Suite" for the rock band Chicago and recorded for their third album Chicago III (1971), with Terry Kath singing lead vocals. It was the first single released from this album, and peaked at #20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Free (Erika song)
"Free" is the first single by Japanese singer Erika Sawajiri under the alias Erika.
Free (Libera album)
Free is a music album by Libera, released on 5 October 2004.
Free (Rick Astley album)
Free is Rick Astley's third album, released in 1991. It was his first album not to be produced by the noted production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. It gave Astley another hit single in the ballad " Cry for Help", which became a Top 10 in both the UK and US. Further singles "Move Right Out" and "Never Knew Love" were less successful. Free reached the UK Top 10 and the US Top 40 and marked the end of a successful four-year period for Astley.
Free (Kate Ryan album)
Free is the title of Kate Ryan's fourth studio album. It was released on May 30, 2008 by ARS/Universal. It includes the singles, " Voyage Voyage", " L.I.L.Y.", " Ella elle l'a", " I Surrender" and " Your Eyes". The album performed moderately well on the charts and was certified Gold in Poland for shipments of 18,000 copies.
Free (Deniece Williams song)
"Free" is a popular 1976 song by Deniece Williams which was included on her album This Is Niecy. Written by Williams, Hank Redd, Nathan Watts and Susaye Greene and produced by Maurice White (of Earth, Wind and Fire) and Charles Stepney.
"Free" was Williams' breakthrough single as it reached No. 2 on the US Billboard R&B chart and No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in the UK it stayed at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart chart for two weeks in May 1977.
Free (OSI album)
Free is the second album by American progressive rock band OSI, released by InsideOut Music on April 21, 2006.
Guitarist Jim Matheos and keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore decided to work on a follow-up to Office of Strategic Influence after the two found they both had holes in their schedules. Drummer Mike Portnoy returned as a session musician rather than a full band member. Joey Vera replaced Sean Malone on bass guitar.
Free was met with generally positive critical reception. Critics noted that the album was different from its predecessor, focusing more on Moore's keyboards than Matheos' guitars. Portnoy's drumming received praise; Moore's vocals received mixed reactions. A remix EP entitled re:free was released on October 24, 2006, featuring remixes of three tracks from Free.
Free is a French telecommunications company, subsidiary of Iliad that provides voice, video, data, and Internet telecommunications to consumers in France. Its head office is in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
Free is an internet innovative company in France and the driver of competitive ISP offers in France and in the 30 OECD countries. It was the first company to offer a " triple play" service in France through its self-produced singular Freebox set-top box, claiming to have invented the box marketing concept in France in reference to all the other French ISPs who thereafter released "triple play" modems named to include the anglicismbox as a suffix. These boxes provide comprehensive telecommunication services such as high-speed internet, telephone and digital television packages, leading Free to become the world's number one IPTV provider offering almost systematically IPTV to subscribers and optimising it to be available on most landlines.
Developing its own 3G and 4G networks, Free Mobile was launched in 2012 and became the 4th mobile network operator in France.
Free (Estelle song)
"Free" is the second solo single by British singer-songwriter Estelle taken from her debut album The 18th Day. The song features a rap from So Solid Crew's Megaman. It preceded the album's release by two weeks.
In "Free", Estelle raps and sings about living life in a positive way, spreading love, being yourself and working hard to achieve the most you can in life.
Released on 4 October 2004, it peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart and was Estelle's second consecutive solo top twenty hit, peaking only one place lower than previous single " 1980". The single was less successful than its predecessor in Australia, peaking outside the top 40 at number 49. It was the final single release from the album in Australia.
Free (Marcus Miller album)
The album's title track is a cover of the 1977 Deniece Williams song. UK soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae provided lead vocals. " Higher Ground" is a song originally recorded by Stevie Wonder, and " What Is Hip" was originally performed by Tower of Power. "Jean Pierre" was originally performed by Miles Davis (On "We Want Miles", 1982). Blues singer Keb' Mo' performs lead vocals and co-wrote with Marcus Miller the track entitled "Milky Way".
The album's US version has not only a new title, Marcus, but the tracks have been remixed/recut. Four additional tracks have been added to the album as well.
Free (Desperate Housewives)
"Free" is the 87th episode of the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. It is the seventeenth episode of the show's fourth season, and the second half of the two-hour season finale. It is also the last episode to take place in "present time" following the five year jump at the end of this episode.
Free (Chico DeBarge album)
Free is a 2003 album from singer Chico DeBarge. It peaked at number 43 on the Top Independent Albums chart.
Free (Dani Harmer song)
Free is a pop rock song performed by British singer and actress Dani Harmer. The song was released for digital download on 22 May 2009 as the lead single from Harmer's debut album, Superheroes. Despite excessive promotion, the song was deemed unsuccessful and failed to chart well, entering below 115. An acoustic version of "Free" was released the day after the single was on iTunes for paid download.
Free (David Garrett album)
Free is a 2007 album by violinist David Garrett, released in Europe by Decca.
Free (Jann Arden album)
Free is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden, released in 2009 featuring the single "A Million Miles Away". The album debuted at #9 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album includes Arden's version of the Michael Bublé single " Lost", which is co-written by Arden. American country music group SHeDAISY perform background vocals.
Free (Sarah Brightman song)
"Free" is a song performed by English classical crossover soprano Sarah Brightman from her ninth studio album, Harem (2003). It was originally written in German by Matthias Meissner and Thomas Schwarz. The song was then re-written in English by Brightman in collaboration with Sophie B. Hawkins. The track was produced by Frank Peterson. It was released as the fourth and final single from Harem by Angel Records on 10 June 2003. The song contains prominent classical crossover and Middle Eastern pop musical characters. It is influenced by feelings of desperation and is lyrically about somebody who has lost somebody and is looking onto their relationship with somebody else.
"Free" reached the #3 position on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. Violinist Nigel Kennedy is featured in the last four stanzas of the song.
Free (The Party album)
Free is The Party's second studio album. Teddy Riley wrote three songs for the album, including the new jack swing-tinged title song, "Free," which was also remixed by house-music legends Steve "Silk" Hurley and E-Smoove. Dr. Dre produced the song "Let's Get Right Down to It," and the group itself also got involved in the writing and producing of the album, which would once again land it another concert tour opening spot with Color Me Badd, its last special for the Disney Channel, "All About The Party," and an appearance on Blossom. However, the album was not as successful on the charts as previous ones, which prompted Damon Pampolina to leave the group.
Free (Dana International album)
Free is the fifth studio album by Israeli singer Dana International, released in 1999, the year after she won the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 with the song " Diva"; it includes an alternative version of the track. The album was produced by Dutch production team Bolland & Bolland with additional production and remix by influential Israeli DJ Offer Nissim.
The title song, "Free", a Stevie Wonder cover, sung in a medley with a version of a traditional prayer for freedom, "Dror Yikra", was performed as part of the interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 held in Jerusalem. The album also includes a cover version of Barbra Streisand's 1980 hit " Woman In Love". The Free album, in fact Dana International's international debut, was released in three different editions: European, Japanese and Israeli. The album mainly contains songs in English; however, one or two Hebrew tracks appear as well and even more so on the Israeli edition.
The European editions have three catalogue numbers:
- CNR 5300351 (on CNR Music, Continental Europe and Scandinavia)
- FM 1106 (on FM Records, Greece)
- CDPRC 0043 (on Star Records, South Africa)
The Free album was released in a different version in Japan in January 2000 and in Israel in March 2000. Most tracks were remixed for the Japanese and Israeli editions and are different from the ones on the European album. They also contain additional tracks not found on the European editions. The version of "Dror Yikra" on the European edition of the album is slightly different from the one used in the intermission show of the 1999 Eurovision final - that version is only available on the Israeli edition of the "Free" single.
The Japanese version was released in 2000 on Network Records with the catalogue number NXCA 00003.
The Israeli edition was released in 2000 on NMC records with the catalogue number NMC 20457 2. This edition also includes the video of "Woman in Love" on CD-ROM format on the CD itself.
All tracks that are included on both the Japanese and the Israeli editions are identical, but differ from the European editions. The track listing is not the same. The remixes of "This Is the Night" and "Glamorous" were madee by Offer Nissim together with Dana International. "Mokher Ha-Prachim" ("The Flower Vendor"), a duet with Alon Olearchik available on the Israeli edition only, is a cover version of a song originally recorded by Ofra Haza.
The original recording of "Woman in Love" by Dana International is only available on the Bee Gees tribute album entitled Gotta Get A Message To You. It was released on PolyGram/ Polydor Records with the catalogue number 559 287-2.
Free (Mao Abe album)
is Mao Abe's first album, released on . It entered the Japanese Oricon album charts at #17, and was in the top 300 for 10 weeks. The album was released in two versions: a regular version and a CD+DVD version only on sale for a limit period of time.
The album was Abe's first physical release, as opposed to the Japanese music industry standard of releasing singles beforehand. All of the songs on this album were written by Abe during 2006-2007 while she was at high school.
When the album was in its final stages, all of the finalised data was lost. The songs had to be rebuilt by Abe and her production team from the original studio recordings.
Free (Mao Abe song)
is a song by Mao Abe. It was released as the main promotional track from her debut album, Free, in January 2009. Free is an upbeat pop rock song. In the lyrics, the protagonist expresses her feelings about how free she feels, and how she 'isn't the good girl she was yesterday.'
Free (Train song)
"Free" is the debut single of Californian roots rock band Train. The song saw significant airplay on mainstream rock radio, later being featured on the TV show Party of Five.
Free (Phish song)
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Free (Zac Brown Band song)
"Free" is a song recorded by American country music group Zac Brown Band for their 2008 album The Foundation. On April 12, 2010, it was released as the fifth and final single from the album. It debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts at number 54 for the week of May 1, 2010. The song was nominated for the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and the Best Country Song at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Free (Brad Johner album)
Free is the first solo studio album by Canadian country music singer Brad Johner. It was released in Canada on February 11, 2003, by Royalty Records. "Hello", "Free", "Different", "The Farmer's Back" and "She Looks a Lot Like You" were released as singles.
The album was nominated for album of the year by the Canadian Country Music Association in 2003 and at the 2004 Juno Awards. It won the award for Outstanding Country Album at the 2003 Western Country Music Awards and was named album of the year by the Saskatchewan Country Music Association.
Free was re-released in the United States by Infinity Records Nashville on November 16, 2004, shortly before the label folded. Although the packaging was the same, the U.S. version included six songs from the original Canadian release combined with six songs Johner wrote as a member of The Johner Brothers.
Free (Rivermaya album)
Free, is the fifth album from the Filipino rock band, Rivermaya. It has 10 tracks and was released independently on the internet, literally given away for free which is another first for any Filipino artist. “Free” was also named Album of the Year in the NU Rock Awards 2000 & is the last album with Nathan Azarcon.
The song "Imbecillesque" was re-released on their 2005 EP entitled " You'll Be Safe Here". The song "Straight No Chaser" was later covered by actor and reggae artist Boy2 Quizon.
On the back cover of the album, tracks #7 and #8 were typed incorrectly as in the order of the songs in the album.
Free (Mýa song)
"Free" is a song by American recording artist Mýa. It served as the third and final single from her second studio album Fear of Flying (2000). Originally featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Bait, the song was one of the two tracks added to the re-release edition of Fear of Flying on November 7, 2000. It was written and composed by Jimmy Jam, Harrison, Terry Lewis, Alexander Richbourg, and Tony Tolbert. The lyrics of the song speak of being young and enjoying life.
The song received generally mixed reviews from contemporary music critics, musically comparing Free to Janet Jackson’s fourth studio album Control (1986). "Free" underperformed on Billboards US Hot 100; peaking and spending two non-consecutive weeks at number forty-two. It was the second single by Harrison that failed to reach the coveted Top 40. It performed even worse on Billboards component chart Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart peaking at a moderately low number fifty-two. Internationally, the single reached the Top Five in Australia and Top 20 in the UK. The song’s accompanying music video was filmed by director Dave Meyers. Harrison incorporates various dance routines throughout the video, choreographed by Brian "Footwork" Green, which won him an ACA (American Choreographer's Award) in 2001.
Free (Gavin DeGraw album)
Free is singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw's third album. The album was released on March 31, 2009. It was his final album for J Records.
To keep himself from overthinking the songs, DeGraw made Free in less than two weeks at the Brooklyn studio of his producer Camus Celli, who has worked with such artists as Tina Turner, David Byrne, Lana Wolf and Arto Lindsay. DeGraw and Celli have known each other since working together on an early version of DeGraw’s 2003 major-label debut, Chariot. “I’ve been in the studio with several different producers so I already knew what I wanted,” DeGraw says. “This was my opportunity to be involved in the production and I knew Camus could get the sounds I was going for.”
The trust he had in Celli and the collaborative spirit of their partnership freed DeGraw to dig deep and tap into something he hadn’t tapped into for a while. “This album reveals the honesty about my love of music,” he says. “It isn’t about the biggest, the strongest, or the loudest. It’s about simplicity in its purest form. It doesn’t sound like the big machine. It sounds like where you go to escape the big machine.”
Free (Virtue album)
Free is the fourth album from gospel group, Virtue. Singles released off the album include, "Healin'", "Lord I Lift My Hands", and "You Just Be You"
Free (Stone album)
Free is a live album released by Finnish thrash metal band Stone in 1992. The album was remastered and re-issued in 2003. On the remaster the final 2 tracks, "Overtake" and "Vengeance of the Ghostriders" were combined into a single track.
Free (Twin Atlantic album)
Free is the second studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Twin Atlantic. It was released on 29 April 2011 in Ireland and 2 May 2011 in the UK on Red Bull Records.
In its first week of release, the album peaked at #37 in the Official UK Album Chart. This success led to them being part of the T In The Park 2011 line-up.
The track Free debuted at No. 14 on the NME Chart.
Free (Natalia Kills song)
"Free" is a song by English recording artist Natalia Kills from her debut studio album, Perfectionist. Written by Kills, Jeff Bhasker, Kid Cudi and No I.D., produced by Bhasker. Lyrically, the song discusses materialism, consumerism, and obsessions with glamour and wealth. It was released digitally in Europe and the US as the album's third single in June 2011. The song was released as the second single in the UK on 11 September 2011.
Free (Airto album)
Free is an album by Brazilian jazz drummer and percussionist Airto Moreira (who was credited simply as "Airto") featuring performances recorded in 1972 and released on the CTI label. The album reached number 30 in the Billboard Jazz albums charts.
Free (Bonfire album)
Free is the ninth album by the band known as Bonfire. It was released in 2003 by Sony/BMG/LZ Records and features music that leans more towards the once popular alternative sound. The album had two covers, one for German outlet and another for worldwide distribution. The German cover had a brown wall background while the other one was white. The band was highly criticized by their loyal fans as well as several critics for the material. Reaction overall from fans was less than favourable. The song "September On My Mind" is about the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. The reason Friends has such a long time frame is due to a large space after the song that was followed by band members Claus Lessmann and Hans Ziller making recordings of the album's songs. The Album hits the Official German Media Control Top 100 Album Charts.
Free (Ultra Naté song)
"Free" is a song by American recording artist Ultra Naté released on March 31, 1997 by her record label Strictly Rhythm. The song was co-written by Naté , Lem Springsteen and John Ciafone while production was held by both Springsteen and Ciafone. "Free" was served as the lead single from her third studio album, Situation: Critical (1997). Musically, the song is a house influenced song that incorporates strong 90's soul, dance, garage and disco.
"Free" received positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who commended her vocal ability and production. The song has been noted as one of the best dance anthems during the 90's era. The song became Naté's most successful single to date, charting in many countries around the world. The song peaked inside the top forty in countries including United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. The song managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seventy-five but peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs.
Free is a 2001 romantic dramedy directed by Andrew Avery, Written by Peter Hansen Gibson and Michael Kingston, starring Corin Nemec, Randall Batinkoff, Carmen Llywelyn and Ione Skye.
Free was produced by Thor Films and distributed by Showtime.
Free (Kierra Sheard album)
Free is the fourth album and first live recording from American contemporary gospel singer Kierra Sheard. It was released 18 October 2011 by Karew Records.
Free (Haley Reinhart song)
"Free" is the debut single by American Idol tenth season third-place finisher Haley Reinhart. It was released on March 20, 2012 through Interscope Records and serves as the first single from her debut album, Listen Up!.
Free (Dara Maclean song)
"Free" is a song by contemporary Christian/ soul musician Dara Maclean from her debut album, You Got My Attention. It was released on July 5, 2011 on iTunes and nationwide on July 12, 2011, as the second single from the album.
Free (Benny Golson album)
Free is an album by saxophonist Benny Golson recorded in late 1962 and originally released on the Argo label.
Free (Prince Markie Dee album)
Free is the first solo album by the former Fat Boys member Prince Markie Dee. It was released on 11 August 1992, by Columbia Records. He had a minor hit with the single "Typical Reasons (Swing My Way)" in early 1993.
Free (Rudimental song)
"Free" is a song by British drum and bass band Rudimental. It features the vocals from English-born Scottish singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2013 as the sixth single from their debut studio album, Home (2013). Another version of the single also features American rapper Nas; this version is featured in 2K Sports' WWE 2K15 video game.
Free (Lisa Shaw album)
Free is the second solo album by singer Lisa Shaw, released in 2009.
Free (Broods song)
"Free" is a song recorded by New Zealand indie pop duo Broods for their forthcoming second studio album, Conscious (2016). It premiered via BBC Radio 1 on 30 March 2016 before being officially released to digital retailers via Capitol Records, Dryden Street, and Universal Music Australia on 1 April 2016 as the album's lead single. The song was serviced to American modern rock radio on 12 April 2016 through Capitol Records as the duo's third North American single.
Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)
Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) is a collaborative mixtape by American rappers Lil B and Chance the Rapper. It was released for free on August 5, 2015.
Free is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Ann Cottrell Free (1916–2004), American journalist
- Arthur M. Free (1879–1953), American politician
- Doug Free (born 1984), American football offensive tackle
- Duncan Free (born 1973), Australian rower and Olympic medalist
- F. William Free (1928–2003), American advertising executive
- Gavin Free (born 1988), English filmmaker
- Helen Murray Free (born 1923), an American chemist and educator
- James S. Free (1908–1996), American journalist
- Kalyn Free, American attorney
- Marcella Free (1920–2007), American copywriter
- Micki Free, American guitarist
- Peter Free (born 1971), Australian cricketer
- Ray D. Free (1910-2002), American Major General and Utah House of Representatives member
- Ross Free (born 1943), Australian politician
- Tony Free, Australian rules football player
- Travon Free, American comedian, actor, television writer, and former basketball player
- World B. Free (born Lloyd Bernard Free, 1953), American basketball player
Free (Cody Simpson album)
Free is the third studio album by Australian recording artist Cody Simpson, released on 10 July 2015 via Coast House Records/Banana Beat Records. The album includes the singles "New Problems" and "Flower". Simpson titled the album Free after he decided he wanted to make the kind of music he wanted without the pressure of other sources. He said: "I'm really excited about Free because it's my first independent record. My first one where I am in 100% creative control of it. And we approached it with a real rock-like sensibility to the recording in the sense that everything's tracked live with the band, like the instrumentation is all live. There's a couple [of] little mess-ups here and there, and that's what makes it." This is Simpson's first independent album after leaving Atlantic Records.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary
Free \Free\ (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. Freer (-[~e]r); superl. Freest (-[e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre['o], fr[=i]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr. pr[=i] to love, Goth. frij[=o]n. Cf. Affray, Belfry, Friday, Friend, Frith inclosure.]
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 free.
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 free.
Not subjected to the laws of physical necessity; capable of voluntary activity; endowed with moral liberty; -- said of the will.
Not 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 free.
Unconstrained by timidity or distrust; unreserved; ingenuous; frank; familiar; communicative.
He was free only with a few.
Unrestrained; immoderate; lavish; licentious; -- used in a bad sense.
The critics have been very free in their censures.
A man may live a free life as to wine or women.
Not close or parsimonious; liberal; open-handed; lavish; as, free with his money.
Exempt; clear; released; liberated; not encumbered or troubled with; as, free from pain; free from a burden; -- followed by from, or, rarely, by of.
Princes declaring themselves free from the obligations of their treaties.
Characteristic of one acting without restraint; charming; easy.
Ready; eager; acting without spurring or whipping; spirited; as, a free horse.
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, Free of 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; as, a free school.
Why, sir, I pray, are not the streets as free For me as for you?
Not gained by importunity or purchase; gratuitous; spontaneous; as, free admission; a free gift.
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 base; as, free service; free socage.
(Law) Privileged or individual; the opposite of common; as, a free fishery; a free warren.
Not united or combined with anything else; separated; dissevered; unattached; at liberty to escape; as, free carbonic acid gas; free cells. Free agency, the capacity or power of choosing or acting freely, or without necessity or constraint upon the will. Free bench (Eng. Law), a widow's right in the copyhold lands of her husband, corresponding to dower in freeholds. Free board (Naut.), a vessel's side between water line and gunwale. Free bond (Chem.), an unsaturated or unemployed unit, or bond, of affinity or valence, of an atom or radical. Free-borough men (O.Eng. Law). See Friborg. Free chapel (Eccles.), a chapel not subject to the jurisdiction of the ordinary, having been founded by the king or by a subject specially authorized. [Eng.] --Bouvier. Free charge (Elec.), a charge of electricity in the free or statical condition; free electricity. Free church.
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 Free town, a city or town independent in its government and franchises, as formerly those of the Hanseatic league. Free cost, freedom from charges or expenses. --South. Free and easy, unconventional; unrestrained; regardless of formalities. [Colloq.] ``Sal and her free and easy ways.'' --W. Black. Free goods, goods admitted into a country free of duty. Free labor, the labor of freemen, as distinguished from that of slaves. Free port. (Com.)
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. --Simmonds. Free school.
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.
Free services (O.Eng. Law), 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.
Free ships, ships of neutral nations, which in time of war are free from capture even though carrying enemy's goods.
Free socage (O.Eng. Law), a feudal tenure held by certain services which, though honorable, were not military.
Free States, those of the United States before the Civil War, in which slavery had ceased to exist, or had never existed.
Free stuff (Carp.), timber free from knots; clear stuff.
Free thought, that which is thought independently of the authority of others.
Free trade, commerce unrestricted by duties or tariff regulations.
Free trader, one who believes in free trade.
To make free with, to take liberties with; to help one's self to. [Colloq.]
To sail free (Naut.), to sail with the yards not braced in as sharp as when sailing closehauled, or close to the wind.
Free \Free\, adv.
Freely; willingly. [Obs.]
I as free forgive you As I would be forgiven.
Without charge; as, children admitted free.
Free \Free\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Freed; p. pr. & vb. n. Freeing.] [OE. freen, freoien, AS. fre['o]gan. See Free, a.]
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; as, to free a captive or a slave; to be freed of these inconveniences.
Our land is from the rage of tigers freed.
Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke.
To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of.
This master key Frees every lock, and leads us to his person.
To frank. [Obs.]
adj. able to act at will; not hampered; not under compulsion or restraint; "free enterprise"; "a free port"; "a free country"; "I have an hour free"; "free will"; "free of racism"; "feel free to stay as long as you wish"; "a free choice" [ant: unfree]
unconstrained or not chemically bound in a molecule or not fixed and capable of relatively unrestricted motion; "free expansion"; "free oxygen"; "a free electron" [ant: bound]
not occupied or in use; "a free locker"; "a free lane"
not fixed in position; "the detached shutter fell on him"; "he pulled his arm free and ran" [syn: detached]
not held in servitude; "after the Civil War he was a free man" [ant: slave(a)]
not taken up by scheduled activities; "a free hour between classes"; "spare time on my hands" [syn: spare]
remove or force out from a position; "The dentist dislodged the piece of food that had been stuck under my gums"; "He finally could free the legs of the earthquake victim who was buried in the rubble" [syn: dislodge] [ant: lodge]
make (information) available publication; "release the list with the names of the prisoners" [syn: release]
free from obligations or duties [syn: discharge]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English freo "free, exempt from, not in bondage, acting of one's own will," also "noble; joyful," from Proto-Germanic *frija- "beloved; not in bondage" (cognates: Old Frisian fri, Old Saxon vri, Old High German vri, German frei, Dutch vrij, Gothic freis "free"), from PIE *priy-a- "dear, beloved," from root *pri- "to love" (cognates: Sanskrit priyah "own, dear, beloved," priyate "loves;" Old Church Slavonic prijati "to help," prijatelji "friend;" Welsh rhydd "free").\n
\nThe primary Germanic sense seems to have been "beloved, friend, to love;" which in some languages (notably Germanic and Celtic) developed also a sense of "free," perhaps from the terms "beloved" or "friend" being applied to the free members of one's clan (as opposed to slaves; compare Latin liberi, meaning both "free persons" and "children of a family"). For the older sense in Germanic, compare Gothic frijon "to love;" Old English freod "affection, friendship, peace," friga "love," friðu "peace;" Old Norse friðr "peace, personal security; love, friendship," German Friede "peace;" Old English freo "wife;" Old Norse Frigg "wife of Odin," literally "beloved" or "loving;" Middle Low German vrien "to take to wife," Dutch vrijen, German freien "to woo."\n
\nMeaning "clear of obstruction" is from mid-13c.; sense of "unrestrained in movement" is from c.1300; of animals, "loose, at liberty, wild," late 14c. Meaning "liberal, not parsimonious" is from c.1300. Sense of "characterized by liberty of action or expression" is from 1630s; of art, etc., "not holding strictly to rule or form," from 1813. Of nations, "not subject to foreign rule or to despotism," recorded in English from late 14c. (Free world "non-communist nations" attested from 1950 on notion of "based on principles of civil liberty.") Sense of "given without cost" is 1580s, from notion of "free of cost."\n
\nFree lunch, originally offered in bars to draw in customers, by 1850, American English. Free pass on railways, etc., attested by 1850. Free speech in Britain was used of a privilege in Parliament since the time of Henry VIII. In U.S., in reference to a civil right to expression, it became a prominent phrase in the debates over the Gag Rule (1836). Free enterprise recorded from 1832; free trade is from 1823; free market from 1630s. Free will is from early 13c. Free school is from late 15c. Free association in psychology is from 1899. Free love "sexual liberation" attested from 1822 (the doctrine itself is much older), American English. Free and easy "unrestrained" is from 1690s.
Old English freogan "to free, liberate, manumit," also "to love, think of lovingly, honor;" also "to rid (of something)," from freo "not in bondage" (see free (adj.)). The forking sense in the Germanic adjective is reflected in the verbs that grew from it in the daughter languages. Compare Old Frisian fria "to make free;" Old Saxon friohan "to court, woo;" German befreien "to free," freien "to woo;" Old Norse frja "to love;" Gothic frijon "to love." Related: Freed; freeing.
(label en social) unconstrained. adv. 1 Without needing to pay. 2 (context obsolete English) Freely; willingly. n. 1 (context Australian rules football Gaelic football English) Abbreviation of free kick. 2 free transfer v
(context transitive English) To make free; set at liberty; release; rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, or oppresses.
Usage examples of "free".
Brenna broke free of the forest and entered a meadow abloom with heather.
Church of England or of Rome as the medium of those superior ablutions described above, only that I think the Unitarian Church, like the Lyceum, as yet an open and uncommitted organ, free to admit the ministrations of any inspired man that shall pass by: whilst the other churches are committed and will exclude him.
Wyvilo aborigines invaded the quarters of the galley slaves, freed King Antar, and took him away through one of the slop-doors.
Former NATO general Wesley Clark was only slightly more explicit than all the other Democratic candidates for president, saying a woman should be free to abort her baby right up until the moment of birth.
Land Rovers screaming around the desert, men in black kit abseiling down embassy walls, or free fallers with all the kit on, leaping into the night.
Or can we, by examining his case with intelligence and with charity, and then by acting with charity too, begin to help all abused children, including his own, to free themselves from the burden of their childhood?
It must be free of any appendages abutting upon the outside of the recurve at a right angle.
As for drinking, I am something of a chemist and I have yet to find a liquor that is free from traces of a number of poisons, some of them deadly, such as fusel oil, acetic acid, ethylacetate, acetaldehyde and furfurol.
In another hour I had the se acock installed, the line freed from the keel and the boat floating upright in her shady berth.
The proposed acquiescence of the National Executive in any reasonable temporary State arrangement for the freed people is made with the view of possibly modifying the confusion and destitution which must at best attend all classes by a total revolution of labor throughout whole States.
Raw Onions contain an acrid volatile oil, sulphur, phosphorus, alkaline earthy salts, phosphoric and acetic acids, with phosphate and citrate of lime, starch, free uncrystallized sugar, and lignine.
With the acumen of the professional, Arta understood that Skyla would eventually act to free herself.
Darryl Adin and his people had fine warp-capacity vessels, the epitome of private spacecraft technology, but their engines could not produce enough power to break free of the gravitational surges that barely affected a Galaxy-class starship.
Often, the easiest way to avoid an adjective-based cliche is to free the phrase entirely from its adjective modifier.
While Constantius made arrangements for our transport up the Rhenus, I was free to explore the marketplace that adjoined the port, the faithful Philip at my side.