free·​way ˈfrē-ˌwā How to pronounce freeway (audio)
: an expressway with fully controlled access
: 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 Advertisement The man drove his truck to the interchange where the 215, 91 and 60 freeways meet, according to Railsback. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Passenger train service will grow more important as freeways become more clogged and rail travel becomes more efficient, according to transit officials. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 On Saturday, the winter storm gave parts of the West a taste of winter, with a freeze warning in effect for the Las Vegas Valley, and snow spotted on a Santa Fe, New Mexico, freeway. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2023 The ever-expanding spread of Atlanta and its suburbs is heavily reliant on cars, fused together by a tangle of freeways that swell to 15 lanes in some places yet still get so clogged that traffic can hardly move. Rick Rojas Gabriela Bhaskar, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Authorities also said the investigation revealed the company Apex Development Inc., which leased the land underneath the freeway, was in violation. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 20 Nov. 2023 Authorities are seeking to identify a person of interest in connection with a fire that damaged a large portion of the I-10 freeway near downtown Los Angeles last week. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2023 Today, a dozen freeways snake across about 527 miles of L.A., and many more crisscross the county. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2023 An aerial view of cleanup crews working beneath the closed I-10 freeway following the fire on November 13, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of freeway was in 1926

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“Freeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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free·​way ˈfrē-ˌwā How to pronounce freeway (audio)
: a highway that is free of tolls

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