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[ free ]SEE DEFINITION OF freed

Synonyms for freed

  • discharged
  • released
  • free
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The more we perceive of power the more we are freed from fear.

The more we are freed from fear the more exultantly we feel our abundance of life.

Howe freed himself and stood erect, with one arm hanging at his side.

I have conquered myself, and my nature is freed from the evil tendencies it had.

Evadna freed herself as unobtrusively as possible, and looked at him with wide eyes.

Why is it that we have not freed this land, even as Judith freed Bethulia?

But to do this one must be freed altogether from the limits of length and time.

It is only through death to the world that we can be freed from its spirit.

Then with flaming cheeks she freed herself from his embrace.

On a memorable occasion in Turkey they had freed themselves in this manner.


Old English freo "free, exempt from, not in bondage," also "noble; joyful," from Proto-Germanic *frijaz (cf. Old Frisian fri, Old Saxon and Old High German vri, German frei, Dutch vrij, Gothic freis "free"), from PIE *prijos "dear, beloved," from root *pri- "to love" (cf. Sanskrit priyah "own, dear, beloved," priyate "loves;" Old Church Slavonic prijati "to help," prijatelji "friend;" Welsh rhydd "free").

The primary sense seems to have been "beloved, friend, to love;" which in some languages (notably Germanic and Celtic) developed also a sense of "free," perhaps from the terms "beloved" or "friend" being applied to the free members of one's clan (as opposed to slaves, cf. Latin liberi, meaning both "free" and "children").

Cf. Gothic frijon "to love;" Old English freod "affection, friendship," friga "love," friðu "peace;" Old Norse friðr, German Friede "peace;" Old English freo "wife;" Old Norse Frigg "wife of Odin," literally "beloved" or "loving;" Middle Low German vrien "to take to wife, Dutch vrijen, German freien "to woo."

Of nations, "not subject to foreign rule or to despotism," it is recorded from late 14c. (Free world "non-communist nations" attested from 1950.) Sense of "given without cost" is 1580s, from notion of "free of cost." Free lunch, originally offered in bars to draw in business, by 1850, American English. Free pass on railways, etc., attested by 1850. Free speech in Britain used of a privilege in Parliament since the time of Henry VIII. In U.S., as a civil right, it became a prominent phrase in the debates over the Gag Rule (1836).

Free enterprise recorded from 1890; free trade is from 1823. Free will is from early 13c. Free association in psychology is from 1899. Free love "sexual liberation" attested from 1822. Free range (adj.) is attested by 1960. Free and easy "unrestrained" is from 1690s.



  • axed
  • canned
  • ejected
  • expelled
  • fired
  • freed
  • furloughed
  • laid-off
  • let go
  • ousted
  • recalled
  • released
  • replaced
  • sacked
  • sent away
  • sent home


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