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"Break free" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "liberarse", and "be free" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "ser libre". Learn more about the difference between "break free" and "be free" below.
break free(
breyk
 
fri
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to gain freedom)
a. liberarse
Let's handcuff them and tie them to the tree so they can't break free.Esposémolos y atémolos al árbol para que no puedan liberarse.
b. soltarse
One of the hostages broke free and escaped from the bank.Uno de los rehenes se soltó y escapó del banco.
c. escaparse
Five prisoners broke free and burned down the building.Cinco prisioneros se escaparon e incendiaron el edificio.
d. escapar
I'm prepared to do anything to break free from this routine, which is like a living death.Estoy dispuesto a hacer lo que sea para escapar de esta rutina, que es como una muerte en vida.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to get rid of)
a. liberarse
You have to learn how to break free from your bias.Tienes que aprender a liberarte de tus prejuicios.
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be free(
bi
 
fri
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be at liberty)
a. ser libre
After years of struggling under the brutal dictator, finally the people were free.Después de años de lucha bajo el dictador brutal, finalmente la gente era libre.
2. (to be without charge)
a. ser gratis
Do you want a piece of cake? - Sure, if it's free.¿Quieres una rebanada de pastel? - Bueno, si es gratis.
b. ser gratuito
How much is this? - It is free with any other purchase in the store.¿Cuánto cuesta esto? - Es gratuito con la compra de cualquier otra cosa de la tienda.
3. (to be in a position to; used with "to")
a. ser libre
You're free to come and go as you please during your stay.Eres libre para ir y venir como quieras durante tu estancia.
4. (to be available)
a. estar libre
Are you free for a drink tomorrow evening?¿Estas libre para ir a tomar algo mañana por la tarde?
b. no tener ningún compromiso
If you're free on Sunday, come to ours for lunch.Si no tienes ningún compromiso el domingo, ven a almorzar con nosotros.
5. (to be unoccupied)
a. estar libre
Is this seat free?¿Está libre este asiento?
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
6. (imperative)
a. sé libre
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Daphne released the bird and said, "Be free!"Daphne soltó al pájaro y dijo: "¡Sé libre!"
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