free·​way | \ ˈfrē-ˌwā \

Definition of freeway

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

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Examples of freeway in a Sentence

a new driver who's nervous about driving on the freeway for the first time

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Stitching the City Advocates say a 'deck park' built atop the I-75/I-85 freeways in downtown Atlanta would create open space and revive the area. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "To Woo Millennials, Atlanta Considers Covering Highways With Parks," 1 Jan. 2019 Come next year, there won’t be a big elevated freeway in the background. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "Our views along the Seattle waterfront will never be the same," 29 Aug. 2018 The woman's car veered into a canal near Alma School Road south of the Loop 202 freeway in north Mesa, according to the Mesa Fire Department. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Mesa firefighters rescue woman from car submerged in a canal," 9 July 2018 Customers can drive hands-free on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada, according to GM. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "GM Will Bring Its Hands-Free Driving Super Cruise System to All Cadillac Models," 6 June 2018 Drivers can drive hands free on about 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. Jamie Lareau And Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "GM putting Super Cruise hands-free driving on all Cadillacs by 2020," 6 June 2018 Drivers can drive hands free on about 130,000 miles of limited-access freeways in the U.S. and Canada. Jamie Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM to put Super Cruise hands-free driving in all Cadillacs," 6 June 2018 That would widen the freeway in key bottleneck spots that occur where Interstate 80 merges down to three lanes. Tony Bizjak And Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Toll lanes on the Yolo Causeway? State begins tackling I-80 bottlenecks with creative ideas," 4 June 2018 State legislators and local officials have backed plans to expand sections of freeways in an effort to move more cars through bottlenecks. Elliot Njus,, "Portland-area traffic congestion is still getting worse, report says," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of freeway

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of freeway was in 1926

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English Language Learners Definition of freeway

: a wide highway that is built for fast travel


free·​way | \ ˈfrē-ˌwā \

Kids Definition of freeway

: an expressway that can be used without paying tolls

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