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freight

noun, often attributive \ ˈfrāt \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of freight

1 a : the compensation paid for the transportation of goods
b : cost
  • help pay the freight
2 a : 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 3, significance
  • words that carry psychological freight, such as "family," "work," and "sex"
3 a : 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

Examples of freight in a Sentence

  1. trains that carry both passengers and freight

  2. The freight arrived by steamboat.

  3. The order was shipped by freight.

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Origin and Etymology of freight

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

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freight

verb

Definition of freight

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

Examples of freight in a Sentence

  1. it took six hours to freight the cargo airplane

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Origin and Etymology of freight



FREIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

freight

noun

Definition of freight for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of freight for English Language Learners

  • : to send (goods) from one place to another

  • : to cause (something) to have or carry many things : to load or burden (something)


FREIGHT Defined for Kids

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freight

noun \ ˈfrāt \

Definition of freight for Students

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

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freight

verb

Definition of freight for Students

freighted; freighting
: to send by train, truck, airplane, or ship


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