• Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column
    Showing a number of decorated buildings and a free-standing ornate column
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n freeing the act of liberating someone or something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Grethari tries in vain to free himself Grethari tries in vain to free himself
The princess stands, free of the curse The princess stands, free of the curse
The Bear Breaking Free from the Ice The Bear Breaking Free from the Ice
Some fine Free Hitting Some fine Free Hitting
Free and Independent Elector Free and Independent Elector
The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard The dwarf asks the girls to help free his beard


  • Horace
    “Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
    “Man in general, if reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “The saving man becomes the free man.”
  • Hazel Scott
    Hazel Scott
    “There's only one free person in this society, and he is white and male.”
  • Abbe Sieyes
    Abbe Sieyes
    “They want to be free and they do not know how to be just.”


Feel free - If you ask for permission to do something and are told to feel free, the other person means that there is absolutely no problem
Free rein - If someone has a free rein, they have the authority to make the decisions they want without any restrictions. ('Free reign' is a common mistake.)
Free-for-all - A free-for-all is a fight or contest in which everyone gets involved and rules are not respected.
Get away scot-free - If someone gets away scot-free, they are not punished when they have done something wrong. ('Get off scot-free' is an alternative.)
Scot free - If someone escapes scot free, they avoid payment or punishment. 'Scot' is an old word for a tax, so it originally referred to avoiding taxes, though now has a wider sense of not being punished for someone that you have done.
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free - This idiom is usually used to refer to men who don't want to get married, when they can get all the benefits of marriage without getting married.


In literature:

In 1805, only four free settlers had removed.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Near to it there was a broad ice-free, or nearly ice-free, channel, but farther out to sea ice commenced.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Every one should be left free to make these concessions, and not subject himself to unfavorable public criticism by doing so.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The same held good of the free blacks in four other States.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
They was free before they were free, my ma and grandma.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Free labor in the North and slave labor in the South were brought squarely face to face.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Now I will free you, Mrs. Meta Mogen!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Surely I am free if it is my desire to be free.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
These are great moments for us, perhaps the last time when we meet as a free people, and a free Government.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
I should speak unrestrainedly and free.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

"An universal influence,
From thine own influence free;
A principle of life—intense—
Lost to mortality.
"The Night-Wind" by Emily Jane Bronte
Too hard, when one is left alone
To wrestle passion, never free
To turn and say to you, “My own,
Come home to me!”
"At Dusk" by Henry Kendall
From my sad prison set me free,
Then shall I praise thy name,
And holy men shall join with me
Thy kindness to proclaim.
"Psalm 142" by Isaac Watts
There is but one, but one alone,
Can set the pilgrim free,
And make him cease to pine and moan
O Frankland, it is thee.
"The Wandering Pilgrim" by Matthew Prior
Sing on, sing on, for ever free!
We cannot know what thou dost sing,
And better it should ever be
An undiscovered thing.
"The Skylark" by Cicely Fox Smith
"I kept His plan whose rain and sun
To tare and wheat are given;
And if the ways to hell were free,
I left then free to heaven!"
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The Boston Red Sox already added free agent outfielders Shane Victorino and Jonny Gomes in the offseason, but that isn't stopping them from talking to the highest-profile outfielder remaining on the free agent market.
Kevin-welch-offering-free-tastings-at-the- brewery -on-a-friday Kevin Welch offering free tastings at the brewery on a Friday.
Military veterans and active personnel can get a free buffet and $10 in free slots play Sunday at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
Legislators: Free Legislative staff: Free All others: $89.
Washroom Gaming System Captive Media Captive Media introduces its contact-free, networked, washroom gaming system with hands-free control.
The Health Fair is free and open to the public and will feature free health screenings, health promotion information, family friendly exhibits, and healthy food and beverages.
Free SHOTS and free MONEY Every Saturday Night.
There are some free holiday events you can attend this weekend, and a couple of companies want you to try their products for free.
Microsoft says on its website that the 32GB Surface has 16GB of free space while the 64GB version has 45GB free.
0Marion County Healthcare Foundation opened the Helping Hands Free Medical Clinic in Mullins Friday, where doctors and nurses will provide free basic primary health care.
Any Illinois resident can call toll-free, or a local number in some areas, for a free phone consultation with a lawyer.
Lawyer volunteers will answer phones at six locations from 9 am to 2 pm Any Illinois resident can call toll free, or a local number in some areas, for a free phone consultation with a lawyer.
12, $7 students and seniors, free kids 12 and under and members of the military, free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays.
Free Creat recorded HD video to DVD on Mac with Free Mac DVD Creator on Pavtube.
A variety of organic, gluten-free, and dairy-free products.

In science:

Since the ambient group A is free abelian of finite rank n, the hidden subgroup Kϕ is also free abelian of finite rank.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
It is a free (resp. projective, injective) resolution if the Mi are free (resp. projective, injective) U (g) modules.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
To get an analog of a free resolution of V , consider a topological space EG which is homotopically trivial (contractible) and has a free G action.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
This same procedure may be carried out, with the same results, on any 3-manifold (or n-manifold) which has a free or locally free isometric S 1 action; locally free means that the isotropy group of any orbit is a finite subgroup of S 1 , i.e. there are no fixed points of the action.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Weinberg to be scalar, and it is constructed out of the creation and annihilation operators for the free particles described by the free Hamiltonian H0 .
Generalizations of the Dirac Equation and the Modified Bargmann-Wigner Formalism