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adverb     freely pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    without being stopped or controlled by rules or laws

    Players can move freely between clubs.

    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.

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  3. 3
    generously, or in a willing way

    They give their time freely to support our cause.

  4. 4
    not in an exact way, but giving a general idea of the meaning of something

    Freely translated, ‘quid pro quomeans ‘something for something’.

  5. 5
    without trying to hide anything

    He freely admits he is jealous.

  6. 6
    something that is freely available is easy to obtain or buy
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