1. To make free; to set at liberty; to rid of that which confines, limits, embarrasses, oppresses, etc.; to
release; to disengage; to clear; followed by from, and sometimes by off; as, to free a captive or a
slave; to be freed of these inconveniences. Clarendon.
Our land is from the rage of tigers freed.Dryden.
Arise, . . . free thy people from their yoke.Milton.
2. To remove, as something that confines or bars; to relieve from the constraint of.
This master keyDryden.
Frees every lock, and leads us to his person.
3. To frank. [Obs.] Johnson.
(Free"boot`er) n. [D. vrijbuiter, fr. vrijbuiten to plunder; vrij free + buit booty, akin to E.
booty. See Free, and Booty, and cf. Filibuster.] One who plunders or pillages without the authority
of national warfare; a member of a predatory band; a pillager; a buccaneer; a sea robber. Bacon.
(Free"boot`er*y) n. The act, practice, or gains of a freebooter; freebooting. Booth.
(Free"boot`ing), n. Robbery; plunder; a pillaging.
(Free"boot`ing), a. Acting the freebooter; practicing freebootery; robbing.
Your freebooting acquaintance.Sir W. Scott.
(Free"boot`y) n. Freebootery. [Obs.]
(Free"born`) a. Born free; not born in vassalage; inheriting freedom.
(Free"-den`i*zen) v. t. To make free. [R.]
(Freed"man) n.; pl. Freedmen A man who has been a slave, and has been set free.
(Free"dom) n. [AS. freódom; freófree + - dom. See Free, and -dom.]
1. The state of being free; exemption from the power and control of another; liberty; independence.
Made captive, yet deserving freedom more.Milton.
2. Privileges; franchises; immunities.
Your charter and your caty's freedom.Shak.
3. Exemption from necessity, in choise and action; as, the freedom of the will.
4. Ease; facility; as, he speaks or acts with freedom.
5. Frankness; openness; unreservedness.
I emboldened spake and freedom used.Milton.
6. Improper familiarity; violation of the rules of decorum; license.
7. Generosity; liberality. [Obs.] Chaucer.