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
Recent Examples on the Web Parnther said he was gobsmacked — startled out of his daze only by the angry honks and gestures from cars swerving past him on the freeway. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, "A pandemic omen? Musician’s stolen bassoon turns up at a San Bernardino swap meet," 23 Feb. 2021 The school building was in a rundown part of town near the freeway, moving only later to a shiny new campus on a scenic ridge. Washington Post, "Bored in high school? Try taking some classes on college campuses.," 19 Dec. 2020 The victim, fearing for his safety and suspecting the man was intoxicated, exited the freeway and drove onto West 139th Street. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Driver points loaded handgun at another driver during road rage incident in Brook Park," 13 Dec. 2020 Eventually, the woman exited the freeway and came to a stop south on Tavern Road. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman arrested after leading Border Patrol on chase in East County," 16 Nov. 2020 The trooper called off the pursuit before the Volkswagen exited the freeway around 9:30 p.m. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Three youths die in north Minneapolis crash while fleeing police," 5 Oct. 2020 Afterward, the caller exited the freeway and drove to the Fifth Precinct. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "MSP investigates I-94 shooting at Moross, temporarily closes freeway," 1 Oct. 2020 The Kenosha location near the freeway is not near the center of demonstrations near Library Park and the Civic Center Park. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Penzeys Spices wants to 'loot' its Kenosha store in support of protests," 29 Aug. 2020 Two drivers became embroiled in an altercation with their vehicles Monday on Interstate 84 as protest marchers exited the freeway in Northeast Portland during the city’s 12th consecutive day of protest. oregonlive, "Driver passes Portland protest blockade on I-84, sideswiping Subaru; altercation ensues (video)," 9 June 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Freeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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