ex·press·way | \ik-ˈspres-ˌwā \

Definition of expressway 

: a high-speed divided highway for through traffic with access partially or fully controlled

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Examples of expressway in a Sentence

a baffling maze of high-speed expressways encircles the city

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Eventually, police agreed that the march could take place in the northbound lanes, effectively shutting down the expressway toward downtown Chicago for about an hour, the newspaper reported. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Anti-gun violence protesters take over Chicago highway," 7 July 2018 But in 1998, Chicago was being considered to be part of a ferry highway to help provide relief to the few congested expressways that were left. Tessa Weinberg,, "5 Chicago transportation proposals that have yet to make it off the ground," 18 June 2018 Built on the edge of the city's main expressway, the mall had suffered previous subsoil slides. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Controversial Mexico City shopping mall partially collapses," 12 July 2018 About 102,000 drivers use that stretch of expressway each day. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "More highway headaches: I-465 to close on south side," 10 July 2018 For one thing, even in the immediate downtown area within the ring of expressways, roughly half of the more than 800 parcels have no buildings on them, serving mostly as surface parking lots. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Are there enough people to fill downtown Detroit condos, apartments?," 14 May 2018 Both the state’s SunPass operators and the expressway authority’s E-PASS managers are warning drivers to monitor their accounts and to be alert to automatic charges to their credit cards on file. Kevin Spear,, "SunPass recovering from customer-service debacle, posting toll charges made weeks ago," 10 July 2018 Police had warned earlier this week that any pedestrian who entered the expressway would face arrest and prosecution. CBS News, "Protesters plan to shut down major Chicago interstate to draw attention to gun violence," 7 July 2018 Illinois State Police, which had warned earlier in the week that any pedestrian entering the expressway would face arrest, said early Saturday that an agreement had been reached for protesters to march on a portion of the roadway. Sara Burnett,, "Antiviolence protesters shut down part of Chicago freeway," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of expressway

1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of expressway

: a large highway that may be entered and left only at certain places


ex·press·way | \ik-ˈspres-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of expressway

: a highway for rapid traffic

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a state of commotion or excitement

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