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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The California Highway Patrol is investigating two shootings that occurred Tuesday night on San Jose area freeways, a day after a fatal shooting Monday night on Interstate 680. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "CHP investigating three South Bay freeway shootings in 24 hours," 19 June 2019 The Milwaukee County Transit System says an alert bus driver rescued a young child found wandering barefoot on a freeway overpass in frigid temperatures. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Rapper charged in near-naked freeway stunt that snarled Los Angeles traffic for hours," 10 Jan. 2019 By contrast, the Model 3's supple steering doesn't require much wheel turning to keep the Tesla within a freeway lane. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Hardest Things To Get Used to on the Tesla Model 3," 10 Oct. 2018 Firefighters from many departments stood on streets and on freeway overpasses, saluting as the procession passed by. Fox News, "The Latest: California firefighters salute slain colleague," 25 June 2018 First, photos surfaced of him marching with white power groups in Portland, delivering Nazi salutes from a freeway overpass and waving a swastika flag outside the home of Jimmy Marr, a Springfield man who advocates for the extermination of Jews., "Recall effort of OSU student rep amplifies campus pushback on white nationalist views," 15 Feb. 2018 Crews will be replacing breakaway cables in the median of the freeway., "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: County offers info meetings on upcoming 11-week Cornelius Pass Rd closure," 4 June 2019 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Heavy rains triggered freeway closures throughout Southern California and unleashed mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "This year's tax deadline is Tuesday. Why some Californians will get 2 extra weeks | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Apr. 2018 With a major freeway closure and home games for the Minnesota Vikings, Gophers and Twins, motorists will face a challenge getting through Minneapolis this weekend. Houston Chronicle, "Westin completes GHBA Benefit home construction," 9 Mar. 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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