free·​way | \ ˈfrē-ˌwā How to pronounce freeway (audio) \

Definition of freeway

1 : an expressway with fully controlled access
2 : a highway without toll fees

Examples of freeway in a Sentence

a new driver who's nervous about driving on the freeway for the first time
Recent Examples on the Web An officer on patrol saw a vehicle driving slowly on the freeway and weaving twice across the white lane marker before stopping it at 7:15 p.m. June 15. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 22 June 2022 Currently, the speed limit drops abruptly on the freeway from the ballpark south to West National Avenue. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 21 June 2022 All northbound lanes on the freeway were closed as authorities investigate. Fox News, 11 May 2022 And on the way to the airport, my driver got in a car wreck with two identical yellow Ferraris on the freeway. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Apr. 2022 Both have satisfying, but not eye-widening, initial response pulling away from a stop or accelerating to pass on the freeway. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 12 Apr. 2022 Today, frustrated commuters still speed through many of West Adams’s streets trying to avoid bumper-to-bumper jams on the freeway. Alison Van Houten, Outside Online, 5 Apr. 2022 Caltrans said on Twitter that the freeway was closed, with all northbound cars being detoured off and back on at the La Costa Avenue ramps. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 For motorists, experts suggest filling up their tanks about a mile or so from the freeway, where prices tend to be lower. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of freeway

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2022

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“Freeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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free·​way | \ ˈfrē-ˌwā How to pronounce freeway (audio) \

Kids Definition of freeway

: an expressway that can be used without paying tolls

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