ex·​press·​way | \ ik-ˈspres-ˌwā How to pronounce expressway (audio) \

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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In India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, the government plans to set up an undisclosed number of charging stations in eight major cities and seven intra-state and inter-state highways and expressways. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Softbank is helping Ola’s electric vehicle business lead a revolution in India," 3 July 2019 Singer grew up in Lincolnwood, a North Side suburb of Chicago that was in the middle of a population boom after construction of a nearby expressway. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 The crash occurred on the elevated expressway at MacArthur Avenue (map). Jennifer Larino,, "3 men killed Sunday in multi-vehicle crash on Westbank Expressway," 17 June 2019 Even motorists breaking the 70 mph speed limit on the adjoining expressway will be quickly overtaken by Virgin’s trains, company officials noted. Kevin Spear,, "Virgin Trains in Central Florida will leave highway traffic in the ‘dust’," 17 June 2019 In March, China agreed to provide a loan of $989 million to Sri Lanka to build an expressway that will connect the island nation’s tea-growing central region to the China-run seaport on the southern coast. Washington Post, "India, Sri Lanka agree to step up anti-terrorism efforts," 10 June 2019 During an official visit this year, Li Keqiang, China’s premier, pledged to build a new expressway from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville to supplement the Khmer-American Friendship Highway. Alexandra Stevenson, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs may hurt as trade war worsens, but quitting China is hard to do. Why other countries can’t fill the bill.," 24 Sep. 2018 Traffic in both directions of I-55 was stopped near County-Line Road at about 1:30 p.m. when wires came down on the expressway. Kimberly Fornek,, "Downed communication lines briefly halt traffic on I-55," 29 June 2018 Desperate to avoid capture, Mr. Park sprinted across a Chinese expressway, dodging speeding trucks. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "A Perilous Journey to Escape Kim Jong Un’s North Korea," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of expressway

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expressway was in 1944

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English Language Learners Definition of expressway

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


ex·​press·​way | \ ik-ˈspres-ˌwā How to pronounce expressway (audio) \

Kids Definition of expressway

: a highway for rapid traffic

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