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 The first shooting took place at about 1 p.m. on northbound Highway 85 near Union Avenue in San Jose, where two drivers got into an argument, pulled off the freeway and got out of their cars, according to the California Highway Patrol. Michael Cabanatuan,, "2 shootings in 2 hours on Bay Area freeways," 13 May 2020 The grandstands are empty, save for a couple of mascots and a few staffers, while a couple of cars zoom by on the freeway outside. Mike Finger,, "Finger: Late-night opening day (in Korea) comes with asterisks," 5 May 2020 On the freeway at 70 mph, the hum of its huge, LT265/75SR-16 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/As collude with the roaring of the wind over and through its softtop to create an 86-dBA din. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1994 Land Rover Defender 90," 24 Mar. 2020 Northbound traffic is being diverted off the freeway and onto the Riverside Drive exit, officials said. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Crash shuts down northbound Highway 287 in Fort Worth, officials say," 18 Feb. 2020 As the pursuit continued down I-15, the driver got off the freeway at one point, but then jumped back on and kept going south. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman in stolen car leads CHP on chase before crashing in Escondido," 30 Aug. 2019 Footage from the scene showed patrol cars blocking an area directly under an overpass and directing traffic off the freeway. Hannah Fry,, "101 Freeway reopens hours after body is found in apparent suicide from overpass," 19 June 2019 For those posts — such as an image of a shark swimming on a freeway — Facebook adds a warning label identifying the post as false and shades over any images included in the post. Erin Brodwin, STAT, "Facebook’s Covid-19 misinformation campaign is based on research. The authors worry Facebook missed the message," 1 May 2020 Drivers passing through a California freeway faced a slight traffic jam Wednesday after an individual littered hundreds of face masks on the side of the road — and some people stopped to pick them up. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Hundreds of face masks were dumped on a California highway. People left their cars to get them.," 30 Apr. 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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28 May 2020

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“Freeway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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