Definition of free agent in English:

free agent


  • 1A person who does not have any commitments that restrict their actions.

    • ‘It will be first time since she joined the police in 1973 that Dame Elizabeth will be a free agent.’
    • ‘People remain free agents; nothing is certain or predictable.’
    • ‘He allows her to travel with him on the condition that it is a temporary arrangement - that he is a free agent and is not in any way committed to her.’
    • ‘Some would be free agents, shopping themselves around to the most alluring companies.’
    • ‘And the girl began to think of herself as a free agent, unbound by the presumptions of heredity.’
    • ‘The dot com revolution spawned a whole new generation of savvy, job hopping free agents who each said proudly they were their own security.’
    • ‘Benji was a free agent, and equally keen on his prospective employers.’
    • ‘It is not that they are indispensable, either on payroll or as free agents; their knowledge and skills are.’
    • ‘These factors have served as a catalyst for the emergence of workers who consider themselves free agents.’
    • ‘But human beings are only more or less free agents, often less.’
    • ‘He has led a dynasty in a free agent, salary-capped era in which such dominance was presumed to be impossible.’
    • ‘But, as the story unfolds, it is clear that all the characters are self-deluded, the victims of events as much as free agents.’
    • ‘Part worker, part owner, free agents have crossed over the industrial relations divide.’
    • ‘However, we should keep in mind that Senators to some extent are free agents.’
    • ‘It's not just for free agents, knowledge workers, and serial entrepreneurs.’
    • ‘In fact, free agents are safer in an economic storm than their job-holding counterparts.’
    • ‘The key is that the mother is not a free agent and there will never be a separate family home provided by the state.’
    1. 1.1A sports player who is not bound by a contract and so is eligible to join any team.
      • ‘The team will focus on keeping its players rather than signing free agents.’
      • ‘The team focused on signing free agents and drafting players that would put the team before themselves.’
      • ‘Once they decide on two or three players, the other free agents will have to scramble to find a big contract elsewhere.’
      • ‘The team acquired eight players as free agents or in the draft who have started three or more games.’
      • ‘They will become free agents only if the team doesn't tender them contracts by December 20.’


free agent

/frē ˈājənt/