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1. Without requiring a payment in return. The owner gave us some pastries for free because he was about to close the shop for the day.
2. A phrase used to highlight how passionately or intensely one believes something. Listen, I can tell you this for free: if he hasn't called you yet, he's not going to call, period.
for no charge or cost; free of any cost. They let us into the movie for free. I will let you have a sample of the candy for free.
Without charge, gratis, as in You can't expect the doctor to treat you for free. [Colloquial; c. 1900]
for freewithout cost or payment; free of charge. informal
1957 Godfrey Smith The Friends Back home we pay if we're ill…You don't expect to be ill for free.
1 without having to pay: Some children got into the cinema for free by using old tickets.
2 used for emphasizing how strongly you feel about something: The whole plan is a disaster. I can tell you that for free.
mod. free from monetary charge; gratis. Is all this really mine for free?