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Free, vb. 1) to set at liberty, to release: “f. that soul which wretchedness hath chained,” Lucr. 900. “I'll f. thee within two days,” Tp. I, 2, 420. Meas. III, 1, 66. Meas. III, 1, 66 Wint. II, 2, 61. H4B III, 2, 261. H6A V, 3, 61. Tim. I, 1, 103.
2) to disengage, to deliver; with from: “let guiltless souls be --d from guilty woe,” Lucr. 1482. “from what a torment I did f. thee,” Tp. I, 2, 251. II, 1, 293. H6A I, 2, 81. H6B III, 2, 155. H6C III, 2, 180. IV, 3, 63. R3 V, 3, 261. H8 I, 1, 52. II, 2, 44. Rom. IV, 1, 118.
3) to acquit, to absolve, to show or declare to be guiltless: “my life's foul deed, my life's fair end shall f. it,” Lucr. 1208. --s all faults, Tp. Epil. Lucr. 1208 “mine honour, which I would f.” Wint. III, 2, 112. “we f. thee from the dead blow of it,” IV, 4, 444. “I f. you from it,” H8 II, 4, 157. “I dare so far f. him,” Cor. IV, 7, 47. “f. me so far in your most generous thoughts,” Hml. V, 2, 253.
4) to remove, to do away: “f. from our feasts and banquets bloody knives,” Mcb. III, 6, 35. “he wrings at some distress: would I could f. it!” Cymb. III, 6, 80.
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