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Free, adj. (compar. “freer:” Wiv. III, 2, 86. R2 I, 3, 88. Lr. IV, 2, 95. Ant. I, 5, 11. Cymb. V, 4, 204). 1) at liberty, not confined, not restrained: Sonn. 134, 5. Tp. V, 87, 241. Ado IV, 1, 25. As II, 7, 68. H4A V, 5, 28. H5 III, 6, 44. H6A V, 3, 59. R3 III, 6, 9. Rom. III, 3, 42. Tim. I, 1, 45. Hml. III, 3, 68. Lr. II, 4, 134. Ant. I, 5, 11. Cymb. V, 4, 202. Cymb. V, 4, 202 “as f. as mountain winds,” Tp. I, 2, 498. Cor. I, 9, 89. “drink the f. air,” Tim. I, 1, 83. “thought is f.” Tp. III, 2, 132. Tw. I, 3, 73. “to set f.” Tp. I, 2, 442. V, 252. Epil. V, 252 Shr. I, 1, 142. 2, 268. All's III, 4, 17. H6A III, 3, 72. H6C IV, 6, 16. Tit. I, 274. “to set him f. from his captivity,” H6C IV, 5, 13. Per. IV, 6, 107. “then to the elements be f.” Tp. V, 318. “I am not bound to that all slaves are f. to,” Oth. III, 3, 135 (Ff without to).
2) independent, not enslaved, not subject to another: Merch. IV, 1, 94. John III, 1, 148. H6A I, 3, 64. V, 3, 114. V, 3, 114 H6B III, 1, 223 (f. lords, i. e. being, by the departure of the king, restored to independence and liberty of discussion). IV, 7, 132. Troil. II, 2, 170 (to make up a f. determination, i. e. not influenced by passion). Cor. V, 6, 26. Tim. III, 4, 81. Caes. I, 2, 97. III, 2, 25. V, 3, 47. Mcb. III, 6, 36 (f. honours, i. e. honours of free men, not, as under Macbeth, of slaves). V, 8, 55. Oth. I, 2, 26. Ant. II, 5, 27. Ant. II, 5, 27 IV, 14, 81. Cymb. I, 6, 72. III, 1, 49.
3) not encumbered, affected or stained with; generally followed by from: “from that thy Lucrece is not f.” Lucr. 1624. “from our faults, as faults from seeming f.” Meas. III, 2, 41. V, 141. Err. IV, 4, 70. As II, 1, 4. Tw. III, 4, 249. IV, 1, 44. John II, 453. R2 I, 1, 33. V, 6, 27. H5 II, 2, 132. V Chor. H5 II, 2, 132 H6A V, 3, 155. H6B III, 1, 101. III, 2, 251. IV, 7, 108. Caes. V, 5, 54. Hml. IV, 7, 136. Per. II, 4, 2. Followed by of: “infirmities that honesty is never f. of,” Wint. I, 2, 264. “if he know that I am f. of your report, he knows I am not of your wrong,” H8 II, 4, 99. heaven make thee f. of it (my death) Hml. V, 2, 343. “f. of grace,” LLL III, 67 (Armado's speech, expressing the contrary of what he means to say).
4) not obstructed, unhindered, affording or having the liberty of acting or moving: “f. vent of words,” Ven. 334. “we shall have the --r wooing,” Wiv. III, 2, 86. “I breathe f. breath.” LLL V, 2, 732. “are not the streets as f. for me as for you,” Shr. I, 2, 233. “f. access,” II, 1, 98. “f. scope,” All's I, 1, 233. “is f. for me to ask,” II, 1, 203. “health shall live f.” II, 1, 203 R2 II, 3, 136. H5 V, 2, 86. H8 II, 2, 94. Troil. V, 10, 30. Cor. III, 3, 73. Caes. II, 1, 79. Lr. II, 3, 3. IV, 2, 95. Oth. I, 2, 98. III, 1, 41. Per. II, 4, 33. “from our f. person she should be confined,” Wint. II, 1, 194 (i. e. accessible to all). “when the day serves, before black-cornered night, find what thou wantest by f. and offered light,” Tim. V, 1, 48 (i. e. common to all, withheld from none). “I am your f. dependant,” Meas. IV, 3, 95 (== at your free disposal).
5) unconstrained, voluntary, gratuitous: “is it a f. visitation?” Hml. II, 2, 283. “making God so f. an offer,” H5 IV, 1, 193. “by my f. consent,” Wint. V, 1, 70. H6C IV, 6, 36. “f. pardon,” Meas. II, 4, 111. H6B IV, 8, 9. H8 I, 2, 100 (but f. pardon may be as well == a pardon restoring to full liberty, an absolute pardon).
6) willing, ready, eager: “that my love may appear plain and f., all that was mine in Silvia I give thee,” Gentl. V, 4, 82. “Leontes opening his f. arms and weeping his welcomes forth,” Wint. IV, 4, 559. “never did captive with a --r heart cast off his chains of bondage,” R2 I, 3, 88. “courageously and with a f. desire attending but the signal to begin,” R2 I, 3, 88 “Lord Lucius, out of his f. love, hath presented to you four horses,” Tim. I, 2, 188. “and thy f. awe pays homage to us,” Hml. IV, 3, 63. “Montano with his f. duty recommends you thus,” Oth. I, 3, 41. “provided I have your commendation for my more f. entertainment,” Cymb. I, 4, 167.
7) open, candid, unreserved: “to have f. speech with you,” Meas. I, 1, 78. R2 I, 1, 55. R2 I, 1, 55 Oth. III, 4, 129. “I will be f. in words,” Shr. IV, 3, 79. “to be a speaker f.” Troil. IV, 4, 133. “he did solicit you in f. contempt,” Cor. II, 3, 208. “f. and friendly conference,” Caes. IV, 2, 17. “let us speak our f. hearts,” Mcb. I, 3, 155. “the Moor is of a f. and open nature,” Oth. I, 3, 405.
8) liberal, bountiful, communicative: “being frank she lends to those are f.” Sonn. 4, 4. “and now be you as f. to us,” Meas. V, 393. “she hath been liberal and f.” H6A V, 4, 82. “his heart and hand both open and both f.” Troil. IV, 5, 100. they have pardons, “being asked, as f. as words to little purpose,” Cor. III, 2, 88. “in grateful virtue I am bound to your f. heart,” Tim. I, 2, 6. “being f. itself, it thinks all others so,” II, 2, 242. “to be f. and bounteous to her mind,” Oth. I, 3, 266. “she's framed as fruitful as the f. elements,” II, 3, 348. “most f. in his reply,” Hml. III, 1, 14 (== communicative). With of: “maiden-tongued he was, and thereof f.” Compl. 100 (== very conversable). “f. of speech,” Oth. III, 3, 185. “you have of your audience been most f. and bounteous,” Hml. I, 3, 93.
9) not affected with any disease or distress of the body or mind; sound, happy, careless, unconcerned: “whether thou art tainted or f.” Meas. I, 2, 44; cf. LLL V, 2, 422 (== sound). “the f. maids that weave their thread with bones,” Tw. II, 4, 46 (careless). “if thou hatest curses, stay not; fly, whilst thou art blest and f.” Tim. IV, 3, 542. “when the mind's f., the body's delicate,” Lr. III, 4, 11. “leaving f. things and happy shows behind,” III, 6, 112. “bear f. and patient thoughts,” IV, 6, 80. “he bears the sentence well that nothing bears but the f. comfort which from thence he hears,” Oth. I, 3, 213. “was f. and merry,” III, 3, 340. “laughs from his f. lungs,” Cymb. I, 6, 68.
10) guiltless, innocent, harmless: “if he be f., why then my taxing like a wild-goose flies,” As II, 7, 85. “to be generous, guiltless and of f. disposition,” Tw. I, 5, 99. “this entertainment may a f. face put on,” Wint. I, 2, 112. “in every one of those no man is f.” Wint. I, 2, 112 “your f. undertaking cannot miss a thriving issue,” II, 2, 44. “a gracious innocent soul, more f. than he is jealous,” II, 3, 30. “would all other women could speak this with as f. a soul,” H8 III, 1, 32. “make mad the guilty and appal the f.” Hml. II, 2, 590. “we that have f. souls, it touches us not,” III, 2, 252. “this advice is f. I give and honest,” Oth. II, 3, 343. “hold her f.” III, 3, 255.
11) of a pure and generous mind, and hence of a noble and blameless conduct; gentle, gracious: “in voices well divulged, f., learned and valiant,” Tw. I, 5, 279. “like f. and honest men,” H8 III, 1, 60. “courtiers as f., as debonair, unarmed, as bending angels,” Troil. I, 3, 235. “thou art too gentle and too f. a man,” IV, 5, 139. “she is of so f., so kind a disposition,” Oth. II, 3, 325. “I would not have your f. and noble nature be abused,” III, 3, 199.
Used adverbially: “I as f. forgive you as I would be forgiven,” H8 II, 1, 82. “which else should f. have wrought,” Mcb. II, 1, 19.
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