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 Reports: American woman, 83, tests positive for coronavirus after disembarking Holland America ship The section of the freeway was closed for clean up but reopened shortly after. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "MSP: Car driving too fast in I-96 construction zone caused MDOT crash," 16 Feb. 2020 The southbound lanes of the freeway had been closed at Highway 100 for a time Monday while firefighters extinguished the blaze. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "I-43 reopens in Waukesha County after vehicle fire closed southbound lanes for a time," 10 Feb. 2020 The bus driver immediately pulled over to the side of the freeway. CBS News, "1 killed, 5 wounded in shooting on Greyhound bus in California," 3 Feb. 2020 That part of the freeway was partially closed for a follow up investigation, DPS troopers said. Tina Giuliano, azcentral, "Man jogging across I-17 highway is hit and killed in Phoenix," 3 Feb. 2020 One lane of the freeway was closed for six hours after the wreck. oregonlive, "Crash kills pickup driver on I-5 near Salem," 2 Feb. 2020 Two officers found the injured bird along the center divider of the freeway and guarded the animal until it could be captured and transported for treatment. Los Angeles Times, "Adorable owl injured on 101 Freeway recovers in time for mating season," 17 Jan. 2020 In an all-too-familiar scene in Southern California, tens of thousands of people have evacuated as a fast-moving wildfire threatened homes in the San Fernando Valley on Friday, triggering the shut down of schools and sections of the freeway. NBC News, "Blackouts expose a lack of preparedness against California wildfires, experts say," 11 Oct. 2019 Two lanes of the freeway were reopened around 4:30 a.m. and all lanes reopened shortly before 5 a.m. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Wrong-way crash briefly shuts down I-5 freeway near downtown," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Freeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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