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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The travel lane on the freeway is only supposed to have moving cars in it. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Another Tesla with Autopilot crashed into a stationary object—the driver is suing," 30 Oct. 2018 The committee is looking at five concepts: Toll all I-5 and I-205 lanes in all directions, a total of 47 miles of freeway. Andrew Theen,, "Tolling work group discusses low-income exemptions other issues for I-5, I-205 proposals," 11 Apr. 2018 The hip-hop music video model and reality star — Melyssa starred on Bravo’s Blood, Sweat & Heels in 2015 — is lucky to be alive after her Jeep rolled multiple times on a Los Angeles, California, freeway Thursday. Alexia Fernandez,, "Former Bravo Star Melyssa Ford Seriously Injured in Horrific Crash with 18-Wheeler Truck," 3 July 2018 The 145-mile section of road, from Qeysar in northern Faryab province to Laman in western Badghis province, was supposed to form part of the country’s orbital freeway — a major economic thoroughfare connecting major cities. Alastair Jamieson /, NBC News, "Afghan highway barely built after 12 years, millions of U.S. tax dollars: SIGAR," 23 June 2018 Aubrie Pick Aubrie Pick The recent motel comeback By the ‘80s, according to Lonely Planet, motels were in retreat, bypassed by freeways, and in many cases, unable to compete with budget, no-frills chains. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Motel revivalism: How hipster hoteliers created a new roadside attraction," 22 June 2018 Less traffic would have the added benefit of reducing pollution because cars would not be idling on the freeway as much, said Toledo, 38. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Davis drivers intrigued by Caltrans traffic plan, but improvements are a decade away," 7 June 2018 One meteorologist estimated afterward that if the storm had hit the jammed freeways, the death toll could have exceeded 500. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Run or Hide? Forecasters Struggle with Warnings as Disasters Change," 4 June 2018 The luxury car, whose new models can carry a six-figure price tag, was cruising south on the freeway just after 12 a.m. Tuesday when the accident occurred, Oregon State Police said. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh,, "Drunken Ferrari driver wrecks new ride on I-5, Oregon State Police say," 30 May 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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