free

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verb
VERB + FREE
struggle to, try to

She struggled to free herself from his grip.

manage to
PREPOSITION
from

They succeeded in freeing their friends from prison.

of

He had finally been freed of his responsibilities.

PHRASES
be freed on bail

The court ruled that he should be freed on bail of $50 000.

Free is used with these nouns as the object: ↑capital, ↑captive, ↑hostage, ↑inmate, ↑mind, ↑prisoner, ↑slave, ↑tongue
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adj., adv.
1 not controlled by rules
VERBS
be, feel, seem
become
remain
leave sb

The government wants to leave companies free to make their own decisions.

ADVERB
completely, entirely, quite, totally

The students are entirely free to choose their own courses.

truly
fairly, reasonably, relatively
PREPOSITION
from

The organization wants to remain free from government control.

2 not in prison; not restricted/trapped
VERBS
be, roam, run

animals roaming free across the plains

break, get, pull

The ship broke free from its moorings.

They tied him up but he managed to get free.

She managed to pull free of her attacker.

go, walk

He said he would let the prisoners go free.

She walked free from jail.

remain
cut sb/sth, let sb/sth, pull sb/sth, set sb/sth

He was trapped by his leg, but his rescuers cut him free.

They let their prisoner free.

The birds were set free.

ADVERB
completely, entirely, totally
truly
3 costing nothing
VERBS
be, come

This attractive poster comes free with the magazine.

ADVERB
absolutely, completely, entirely, totally
virtually
PHRASES
for free

We might be able to get some plants for free.

free of charge

We will send you our booklet free of charge.

PREPOSITION
for

The exhibition is free for children under ten.

4 free from/of sth without sth
VERBS
be
become
remain, stay
keep sth

We've managed to keep the garden free of weeds this year.

ADVERB
completely, entirely, totally

At last he's totally free from pain.

relatively
virtually
5 not being used
VERBS
be, seem
become
keep sth

The hospital needs to keep some beds free for emergencies.

ADVERB
completely
6 not busy
VERBS
be

Are you free this afternoon?

keep sth

We try and keep Sundays free.

ADVERB
completely, entirely, totally
fairly, pretty, reasonably
Free is used with these nouns: ↑access, ↑accommodation, ↑admission, ↑advice, ↑agent, ↑association, ↑booze, ↑buffet, ↑CD, ↑choice, ↑clinic, ↑collection, ↑competition, ↑concert, ↑consultation, ↑copy, ↑country, ↑coupon, ↑distribution, ↑drink, ↑election, ↑electricity, ↑end, ↑enquiry, ↑enterprise, ↑entertainment, ↑entry, ↑exchange, ↑exercise, ↑expression, ↑flow, ↑gift, ↑gig, ↑hand, ↑handout, health service, ↑hotline, ↑improvisation, ↑instruction, ↑interpretation, ↑jazz, ↑kick, ↑labour, ↑leaflet, ↑lift, ↑love, ↑mailing list, ↑man, ↑market, ↑membership, ↑merchandise, ↑movement, ↑nation, ↑offer, ↑overdraft, ↑pardon, ↑parking, ↑pass, ↑passage, ↑prescription, ↑press, ↑publicity, ↑quotation, ↑quote, ↑registration, ↑rent, ↑rental, ↑republic, ↑ride, ↑sample, ↑seminar, ↑service, ↑site, ↑society, ↑software, ↑space, ↑speech, ↑spirit, ↑subscription, ↑thinker, ↑thought, ↑ticket, ↑time, ↑trade, ↑trader, ↑trading, ↑transfer, ↑translation, ↑travel, ↑treatment, ↑trial, ↑trip, ↑tuition, ↑union, ↑use, ↑verse, ↑vote, ↑weight, ↑will, ↑world
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adv.
Free is used with these verbs: ↑call, ↑distribute, ↑provide, ↑roam, ↑supply, ↑wriggle

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