transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(liberate)

      (prisoner/hostage) poner en libertad
      (prisoner/hostage) dejar en libertad
      (hostage/prisoner) soltar
      (animal) soltar
      (nation/people/slave) liberar
      to free sb from sth liberar a algn de algo
      • he freed the country from tyranny liberó al país de la tiranía
      • she freed herself from her mother's influence se liberó de la influencia de su madre
      • a credit card frees you from financial worries when traveling una tarjeta de crédito le evita preocupaciones de dinero cuando está de viaje
      • to free sb to + inf permitirle a algn + inf
      • this frees me to concentrate on my work esto me permite concentrarme en mi trabajo
      • Mrs Welsh was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters.
      • He said they would free all the hostages if police released the rest of the detained protesters.
      • The Internet frees us from the pesky constraints of our physical bodies.
      • Not charged with a real crime or provided access to lawyers, these people must be deported promptly or freed, or many will languish, and more will die.
      • The two other occupants, sitting in the front and rear passenger side seats, were quickly freed after firefighters removed two doors.
      • The FCC is, in effect, holding out the possibility of freeing the networks from restrictions on buying up more stations.
      • A future in which succeeding generations are freed from the need to spawn wealth anew can allow children, and grandchildren, to lead lives on a higher plane.
      • After she is freed from slavery, she becomes a teacher, writer, and activist for the black race and for women's rights.
      • Both families held by the gang responsible were later freed unharmed, but deeply traumatised.
      • Mr Bamford was held in custody for five months before being freed on bail.
      • The truth is that a hostage was not freed by the kidnappers.
      • He came to free people, to liberate their minds and hearts from all that bound them.
      • He was the first person to greet them when they were finally freed from prison.
      • The three injured prisoners were also freed and taken to hospital.
      • The man was freed from the scaffolding by 4pm and was today recovering in hospital.
      • They were at the scene for 90 minutes, helping to free the victims and clear the road.
      • He was then freed on bail but remained under electronic surveillance.
      • She was freed from her car and rushed to Worcester Royal Infirmary but paramedics and hospital staff were unable to save her.
      • He frees his right arm with a jerk.
      • Online life can be quite liberating in the way it frees you from your physicality and lets you become something else…
      • The office-bearers have also promised to sustain the movement till the country is freed from the clutches of corruption.
      • He was freed on parole in August last year after serving half of his one year prison term for assault.
      • A few minutes later, the heavily armed hostage-takers freed 25 women and children from the other side of the school.
      • An unconscious man was freed from his wrecked car but was pronounced dead just over 30 minutes later at Leeds General Infirmary, from internal injuries.
      • The event was staged to celebrate the Locomotives on Highways Act, freeing the motorist from the restrictive four miles an hour speed limit.
      • Since Arnott is now freed from the constraints of teaching university students, expect more delight from this accomplished sculptor.
      • He was eventually freed by firefighters and suffered only minor injuries.
      • Once she was freed from the contractual bondage in December 2001, there was no stopping this beauty.
      • All bar three of the captives were freed unharmed.
      • Would-be saboteurs cut the locks off horse pens at a corral, freeing about 40 wild horses.
      • They have led to innocent people being jailed and criminals being freed on legal technicalities.
      • Diabetics could have their lives dramatically transformed by a new approach, developed in Yorkshire, freeing them of restrictions on their diet.
      • Some freed the slaves, other sent them back to their master for lack of means to care for them.
      • Therefore people should be freed from the bondage of religious superstition and empowered to overthrow their leaders.
      • The inquest heard that after he was freed from the wreckage by firefighters he was airlifted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but died soon after arrival.
      • More and more, corporations are freed of the restrictions imposed on them by former regimes.
      • When they become guerrillas the women set themselves free from patriarchal bonds.
      • Therefore older women will be freed from the constraint of declining ovarian egg releases.
      • For just a moment, she sounds like a true-born radical, a daughter of the liberation fighters who freed much of Africa from colonialism when she was a child.
      • The powerful one frees himself and unties the bonds of everyone else.
      • Her hands flailed wildly, searching for anything to help her free herself from his grip.
      • After three hours the couple were freed by firemen who rescued them from a window.
      • Two tugs from Clyde coastguards tried unsuccessfully to pull the vessel clear and it was freed the next day on the early morning tide.
      • He was freed on parole in March having changed his name.
      • Would my partner and I be freed from the tyranny of having to rise early to provide a nutritious packed lunch for our daughter?
      • Many involve men who have been freed by the courts and are thus legally innocent.
      • I was once on a TV programme with an escapologist who freed himself from a sack bound with chains.
      • Futurist and functionalist discourses displayed the aeroplane as the emancipation of man, freeing him from earthbound limitations.
      • A mark of the confusion attending the rescue operation came when it was widely reported that five firefighters, trapped for two days in the rubble, had been freed from their concrete tomb.
      • They used hydraulic lifting gear to free the car which was wedged under the driver's cabin of the bus and it was two hours before the woman's body could be freed from the wreckage.
      • Nine hostages were freed from the building earlier yesterday.
      • Already the move, which frees the club from restrictive rules, has paid dividends, explained Mr Collins.
      • The outside lane of the northbound carriageway was temporarily closed while the man was freed from the vehicle, causing a two mile tailback.
      • Performance responds to this dilemma by unlocking the restraints of self identity and freeing students to explore a variety of knowledge claims.
      • They must be freed from the shackles of theories.
      • The motorway was closed as rescuers battled to free casualties from the twisted wreckage of the coach.
      • Passers-by came to the guard's aid and freed him from his restraints.
      • It took a crew from the Farnworth station an hour to rip up floorboards and remove the bath to free the kitten.
      • Fourteen years after being freed from jail, he finds himself fighting for justice again.
      • The operation was a success: the hostages were all freed, unharmed.

    • 1.2(relieve, rid)

      to free sth of sth
      • he promised to free the country of corruption prometió acabar / terminar con la corrupción en el país
      • they had freed the road of all obstacles habían quitado / eliminado todos los obstáculos de la carretera

  • 2

    • 2.1(untie, release)

      (bound person) soltar
      (bound person) dejar libre
      (trapped person) rescatar

    • 2.2(loose, clear)

      (sth stuck or caught) desenganchar
      (sth stuck or caught) soltar