freight

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfrāt How to pronounce freight (audio) \

Definition of freight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the compensation paid for the transportation of goods
b : cost help pay the freight
2a : goods to be shipped : cargo The freight arrived by steamboat.
b : load, burden The man staggered under a freight of small logs in a basket.
c : meaning sense 3, significance words that carry psychological freight, such as "family," "work," and "sex"
3a : the ordinary transportation of goods by a common carrier and distinguished from express
b : a train designed or used for such transportation an eastbound freight

freight

verb
freighted; freighting; freights

Definition of freight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to load with goods for transportation
b : burden, charge freighted with memories
2 : to transport or ship by freight

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Synonyms & Antonyms for freight

Synonyms: Noun

burden, cargo, draft, haul, lading, load, loading, payload, weight

Synonyms: Verb

burden, encumber, lade, laden, load, lumber, saddle, weight

Antonyms: Verb

disburden, discharge, disencumber, unburden, unlade, unload

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Examples of freight in a Sentence

Noun

trains that carry both passengers and freight The freight arrived by steamboat. The order was shipped by freight.

Verb

it took six hours to freight the cargo airplane
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pricing starts at $37,000, including freight charges, for the NX 300, which is right in line with most competitors. Malcolm Gunn, courant.com, "2018 Lexus NX," 28 June 2018 The company redirected rail cars destined for customers in the United States, incurring extra freight charges reaching 100,000 Canadian dollars (about $76,000). Peter S. Goodman, BostonGlobe.com, "With a trade war possible, global economy already feels the effect," 16 June 2018 The company redirected rail cars destined for customers in the United States, incurring extra freight charges reaching 100,000 Canadian dollars (about $76,000). New York Times, "Just the Fear of a Trade War Is Straining the Global Economy," 16 June 2018 With $7,500 in options and the freight charge added to the base price, the total sticker price for my 2018 Suburban LT Z71 Midnight Edition four-wheel drive was $67,075. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 2018 Those prices do not include the $885 freight charge. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Nissan’s Sentra NISMO sport sedan returns for 2018 with extra features | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Jan. 2018 Related Coverage Party City said its total gross profit margin fell 0.2 percentage points to 40.6% in 2018 due to higher freight and distribution costs and increased pressure from commodity prices, including higher helium costs. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Party City CFO to Leave for Edgewell Personal Care," 28 Feb. 2019 Retailers and manufacturers are taking stock of their transportation costs and exploring alternatives as a capacity crunch in freight is driving up prices and causing shipping delays. Heather Long, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Economists say we're not in a full-blown trade war. Yet.," 19 June 2018 Others were more substantial — intercontinental relocations that involved wrapped furniture, sea freight, and customs bills. Margarita Gokun Silver, Longreads, "The Forever Nomad," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The continuing conversation is freighted with both history and consequences. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "After Cynthia Nixon’s Loss, Working Families Party Ponders Its Next Step," 20 Sep. 2018 The term is always charged somehow, freighted with meaning and potential conflict, vaguely subversive. David Roberts, Vox, "American white people really hate being called “white people”," 26 July 2018 The Mississippi case is freighted with racial overtones because Tellis is black, while Chambers was white. Jeff Amy, Fox News, "Retrial set for man accused in woman's burning death," 22 Sep. 2018 All that freighted with significance the moment of their first greeting. Dan Balz, chicagotribune.com, "Summit's outcome rests on substance, not symbolism," 11 June 2018 Maybe that’s the way to practice for the launch of a successful vacation—not with a plan for two weeks freighted with expectation but with a single afternoon at full and indulgent ease. Patricia Hampl, WSJ, "All of Summer In a Single Afternoon," 21 June 2018 As those who’ve been paying attention have come to expect, Foster’s performance is freighted with a tense, explosive dignity; Will is a good man undone by demons and his tragedy is his country’s. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Leave No Trace,’ a father and daughter who break your heart," 27 June 2018 But with a single vote at a meeting punctuated by jeering and shouting, the county’s school board this month made a four-word change in language that is freighted with social and cultural significance. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "In Fairfax, a lesson on why words matter, especially in sexual health class," 23 June 2018 And if too many fashion titles come freighted with the ego of whomever put them out, that’s not the case here. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Designer Giles Deacon’s Brilliant New Book Enlists The Help of Friends Katie Grand and Solve Sundsbo," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of freight

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for freight

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht

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freight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of freight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: goods that are carried by ships, trains, trucks, or airplanes
: the system by which goods are carried from one place to another
: the amount of money paid for carrying goods

freight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of freight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send (goods) from one place to another
: to cause (something) to have or carry many things : to load or burden (something)

freight

noun
\ ˈfrāt How to pronounce freight (audio) \

Kids Definition of freight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : goods or cargo carried by a ship, train, truck, or airplane
2 : the carrying (as by truck) of goods from one place to another The order was shipped by freight.
3 : the amount paid (as to a shipping company) for carrying goods
4 : a train that carries freight

freight

verb
freighted; freighting

Kids Definition of freight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send by train, truck, airplane, or ship

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