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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The vehicle left the southbound expressway between Sample Road and Atlantic Boulevard, went through a guardrail, and crossed into the northbound lanes where it was hit by another vehicle. Tonya Alanez,, "Crash closes all northbound lanes of Sawgrass Expressway," 21 June 2019 Sergeant Bryce Bezdek was on duty in 2007 when struck and dragged by a car on the expressway. Jennifer Edwards Baker,, "World-renowned surgeon sues UC, alleges retaliation, sex & military discrimination," 2 Aug. 2019 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 Roads, often cited as Russia’s greatest misfortune, have seen major improvements in recent years, including a sixfold increase in expressways. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "To make Russia great again, Putin is building roads and bridges," 13 Mar. 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

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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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