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adverb free pronunciation in American English /fri/
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  1. 1
    without paying any money
    We got in free.
    for free: You can’t get anything for free in this world.
    free of charge: Children can stay free of charge.
  2. 2
    out of a fixed position, or out of a place where you are being kept
    I wriggled one hand free from his grasp.
    break free: The prisoner suddenly broke free and ran toward the car.
  3. 3
    without being controlled or stopped
    dogs running free in the streets
    go/walk free (=not be put in prison): She is appalled that her kidnappers have walked free.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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