freely

free|ly [ˈfri:li] adv
1.) without anyone stopping or limiting something
the country's first freely elected president
EU members are allowed to travel freely between member states.
talk/speak/write etc freely
In France he could write freely, without fear of arrest.
We went outside so that we could talk freely without being overheard.
2.) if something moves freely, it moves smoothly and nothing prevents it from doing this
She was breathing freely .
If your muscles are tense, blood cannot circulate freely .
The leg injury was preventing him from moving freely .
3.) freely available
very easy to obtain
Information is freely available on the Internet.
4.) freely admit/acknowledge sth
to agree that something is true, even though telling the truth is difficult or embarrassing
They freely admitted using the drug.
5.) generously and willingly
She gave freely to charity.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Freely — Free ly, adv. [AS. fre[ o]lice.] In a free manner; without restraint or compulsion; abundantly; gratuitously. [1913 Webster] Of every tree of the garden thou mayst freely eat. Gen. ii. 16. [1913 Webster] Freely ye have received, freely give. Matt …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • freely — [adj1] without restriction advisedly, as you please*, at one’s discretion, at one’s pleasure, at will, candidly, deliberately, designedly, fancy free*, frankly, intentionally, of one’s own accord*, of one’s own free will*, openly, plainly,… …   New thesaurus

  • freely — index readily Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • freely — O.E. freolice; see FREE (Cf. free) (adj.) + LY (Cf. ly) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • freely — ► ADVERB 1) not under the control of another. 2) without restriction or interference. 3) in abundant amounts. 4) openly and honestly. 5) willingly and readily …   English terms dictionary

  • freely — [[t]fri͟ːli[/t]] 1) ADV GRADED: ADV after v, ADV adj Freely means many times or in large quantities. We have referred freely to his ideas... George was spending very freely. ...the United States, where consumer goods are freely available. 2) ADV… …   English dictionary

  • freely — adverb 1 if you can travel, speak, operate etc freely, you can do it as much as you like and in whatever way you like: In France he could write freely, without fear of arrest. 2 without any restrictions on movement: breathing freely | She shook… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • freely */*/ — UK [ˈfriːlɪ] / US [ˈfrɪlɪ] adverb 1) without being stopped or controlled by rules or laws a freely elected government Players can move freely between clubs. The shares could be traded freely on the open market. 2) easily and smoothly, without… …   English dictionary

  • freely — free|ly [ frili ] adverb ** ▸ 1 without controls/limits ▸ 2 easily and smoothly ▸ 3 generously ▸ 4 without hiding anything ▸ 5 in many places 1. ) without being stopped or controlled by rules or laws: a freely elected government The shares could… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • freely — [ˈfriːli] adv 1) without being controlled by rules Players can move freely between clubs.[/ex] 2) without being stopped or interrupted The traffic is moving quite freely this morning.[/ex] 3) generously, or in a willing way They give their time… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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