How to pronounce


If you are a non-native English speaker, it can be difficult to know how to properly pronounce certain words. One of the most commonly mispronounced words in English is "free". The correct pronunciation of "free" is "f-r-e-e" (phonetically: ˈfriː), with a short "e" sound.

  • American Pronunciation: /friː/
  • British Pronunciation: /friː/
  • IPA Notation:
    • American: [fɹiː]
    • British: [fɹiː]

To pronounce "free" correctly in both American and British English, start with the 'f' sound by lightly biting your lower lip with your upper teeth and pushing air out. Then, quickly transition to the 'ree' sound by slightly retracting your tongue to the middle of your mouth (not touching the top or the bottom) and holding the 'ee' sound, ensuring it's prolonged slightly to capture the essence of the word.

Once you feel comfortable with the pronunciation, you can practice with other words that contain the same sounds, such as "freeze", "frighten", or "frequent". Doing this will help you become more familiar with the pronunciation and you will be able to accurately pronounce "free" in no time.

Definition of


"Free" has several meanings depending on the context:

  1. Without cost or payment: When something is offered without requiring money in exchange. Example: "The museum offers free admission on Sundays."
  2. Liberty or freedom: Not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes. Example: "He was finally free after years of imprisonment."
  3. Unrestricted: Not controlled by obligation or the will of another. Example: "She felt free to express her opinion."
  4. Available or unoccupied: Not currently engaged or being used. Example: "Is this seat free?"
  5. Free of: Without something undesirable or something that has been removed. Example: "This product is free of artificial colors."

What does it mean


The word "free" comes from Old English "frēo," meaning "not in bondage," "exempt from," "noble," or "joyful," which traces back to Proto-Germanic *frijaz, signifying "beloved," "not in bondage," or "not enslaved." This Proto-Germanic term is also linked to a wider Indo-European root that encompasses love and affection. The evolution of "free" over time has seen it maintain its core meanings related to liberty and absence of constraints, while also expanding to encompass a broader range of applications in modern English, including the concept of being without cost or payment, which reflects its deep-rooted significance in the language's history and culture.

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