[Middle English: fre, from Old English: frēo. Verb, from Middle English: freen, from Old English: frēon "to love, set free";see prī- in Indo-European roots.]

free′ly - adjective
free′ness - noun

Middle English, from Old English: frēo; akin to Old High German: frī "free", Welsh: rhydd, Sanskrit: priya "own, dear"

First Known Use: before 12th century

Old English: frēo (adjective), frēon (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch: vrij and German: frei, from an Indo-European root meaning "to love", shared by friend.

Adjective

Old English: freo "free, exempt from, not in bondage," also "noble; joyful", from Proto-Germani: *frijaz (cf. Old Frisian: fri, Old Saxon and Old High German: vri, German: frei, Dutch: vrij, Gothic: freis "free"), from Proto-Indo-European: *prijos "dear, beloved", from root *pri- "to love" (cf. Sanskrit: priyah "own, dear, beloved", priyate "loves"; Old Church Slavonic: prijati "to help", prijatelji "friend"; Welsh: rhydd "free").

The primary sense seems to have been "beloved, friend, to love".  Which in some languages (notably Germanic and Celtic) developed also a sense of "free", perhaps from the terms "beloved" or "friend" being applied to the free members of one's clan (as opposed to slaves, cf. Latin: liberi, meaning both "free" and "children").

Cf. Gothic: frijon "to love"; Old English: freod "affection, friendship," friga "love", friðu "peace"; Old Norse: friðr, German: Friede "peace"; Old English: freo "wife"; Old Norse: Frigg "wife of Odin", literally "beloved" or "loving"; Middle Low German: vrien "to take to wife, Dutch: vrijen, German: freien "to woo".

Of nations, "not subject to foreign rule or to despotism", it is recorded from late 14c. (Free world "non-communist nations" attested from 1950).  Sense of "given without cost" is 1580s, from notion of "free of cost".  Free lunch, originally offered in bars to draw in business, by 1850, American English.  Free pass on railways, etc., attested by 1850.

Old English: freogan "to free, liberate, manumit", also "to love, think of lovingly, honor", from freo (see free (adj.)). Cf. Old Frisian: fria "to make free", Old Saxon: friohan "to court, woo"; German: befreien "to free", freien "to woo"; Old Norse: frja "to love"; Gothic: frijon "to love". Related: Freed; freeing.

One of the first words or phrases I saw when looking at the origin or etymology of Free was "To Love".  So, essentially to be Free is to Love.  You will also see "to help", "beloved, dear", "noble, joyful", literally "beloved, loving", "given without cost", "honor".  Having Love for what you Do and who You Are (and for THe Creator) Frees you, helps you release to relax and bee All you Can Bee.  Do what You Love and Love what you Do.  If you Never do what you Love, then you'll Never be Happy!  If when you have gifts, use them.  When you are embracing and sharing your gift(s), taLents, you are ThAnkhing THe Creator(s) and Giving FreeLy.  Be The Light TMHs wants you to Be.  Doing what you Love and what is Right through the guidance of TMHs TruLy Frees you.. 13Ahava!

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