free - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlefreeing
past tensefreed
past participlefreed
  1. 1
    to let someone leave a prison or a place where they have been forced to stay
  2. 2
    to help someone to get out of a place
    free someone/something from something:

    They helped free the injured driver from the wreckage.

  3. 3
    to remove something unpleasant that affects someone or limits their behaviour
    free someone/something from something:

    Steps will be taken to free the media from government control.

    free someone/something of something:

    He has been freed of direct responsibility for his staff.

  4. 4



    free up

    to make someone or something available to be used for something else
    free someone/something for something:

    We need to free more police officers for street duties.

    free someone/something to do something:

    A classroom assistant frees teachers to concentrate on teaching.

phrasal verbs