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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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 The majority of that is on Highway 99 and Interstate 5—four-to-eight-lane expressways that would take me back to the circle of hell that is LA traffic. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 I-55 Stevenson/Barack Obama expressway reconstruction. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "I-80 improvements deemed 'critical' in regional transportation plan," 3 July 2018 With that information, the Traffic Division began planning for Seattle’s new expressways — the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the Seattle Freeway, known today as Interstate 5. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near," 7 Jan. 2019 In-game ad revenue slipped 1.2% during the NFL’s 2017 regular season as ratings dropped, notable because live sports is one of marketers’ last expressways to reach many people at once. Nat Ives, WSJ, "From Digital Waste to Lead Paint, CMO Today’s Most-Read Stories of 2018 (and What Happened Next)," 27 Dec. 2018 The gasoline tax and license fees could fund the local roads and expressways that aren’t involved with asset recycling. WSJ, "Efficiently Exploit Highways and Airports," 30 Oct. 2018 Approval for a study of an expressway through the Split Oak Forest was made with no comment by agency members. Kevin Spear,, "Central Florida toll roads proposed for Bithlo and Split Oak Forest draw public scorn," 29 June 2018 Marek’s previous cats had been found – in a ditch, on the side of an expressway, in an apartment complex laundry room. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Cats’ quirks? Read about breeds," 27 June 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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