Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

freely - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adverb freely pronunciation in American English /ˈfrili/
  1. 1
    without being stopped or controlled by rules or laws
    a freely elected government
    The shares could be traded freely on the open market.
  2. 2
    easily and smoothly, without being stopped or interrupted
    The traffic is moving quite freely this morning.
    Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    generously, or in a willing way
    Preservatives are added much too freely to most processed foods.
    They give their time freely to support our cause.
    Synonyms and related words
    Synonyms and related words
  4. 4
    without trying to hide anything
    He freely admits he is jealous.
    Synonyms and related words


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog