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

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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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Launched in 2015, Vision Zero is the most radical transformation of how people move through Los Angeles since the dawn of the freeway era 75 years ago. Christopher D. Legras, WSJ, "Vision Zero, a ‘Road Diet’ Fad, Is Proving to Be Deadly," 18 Jan. 2019 The downside: that precise steering can be too sensitive at freeway speed and can follow undulations in the pavement. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "8 Cool Things About the Can-Am Ryker," 13 Nov. 2018 But gas shortages and jammed freeways loomed for evacuees seeking safety from the storm. Jeff Martin, Fox News, "Speedways, makeshift shelters offer rest to storm evacuees," 13 Sep. 2018 Interstate 10 On Interstate 10, all eastbound lanes from Beltway 8 to Dell Dale will close Friday at 9 p.m. and reopen Monday at 5 a.m. Traffic will detour to the frontage road before reentering the freeway. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Interstate 10, Loop 610, Gulf Freeway closures mean travel could be difficult starting July 13," 13 July 2018 Community Transit is returning to normal schedules Tuesday on most of its freeway commuter routes into Bellevue and Seattle. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro buses still on reduced snow schedules while slush brings new driving risks," 12 Feb. 2019 That jives with a video posted to YouTube in September showing a Waymo vehicle struggling to merge onto a California freeway. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Even self-driving leader Waymo is struggling to reach full autonomy," 7 Dec. 2018 Chicago gun violence protestors block a freeway, spark a Twitter feud between leaders Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't have time for critics on Saturday. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 8 July 2018 Before the recent changes, the arch was separated from downtown by a freeway. Kate Silver,, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 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

US : a wide highway that is built for fast travel


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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an act or instance of returning to life

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