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

Synonyms & Antonyms for freight

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While other business verticals moved quickly to air freight, the bulk, weight, and size of furniture made that option unviable for most merchants. Kaleigh Moore, Forbes, 16 May 2022 Transportation markets for flights, freight, and railroads were deregulated. Idrees Kahloon, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 After maintaining one of the world’s strictest border closures for two years to shield its poor health care system, North Korea had reopened railroad freight traffic with China in February apparently to ease the strain on its economy. Fox News, 14 May 2022 After maintaining one of the world’s strictest border closures for two years to shield its poor health care system, North Korea had reopened railroad freight traffic with China in February apparently to ease the strain on its economy. Kim Tong-hyung And Hyung-jin Kim, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2022 Weekly grain train speeds are down 6% from the same period a year ago for major freight railroads, according to an April 21 report from the Department of Agriculture. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The unions also don’t want to make major concessions in workplace rules after seeing nearly one-third of all railroad jobs eliminated over the past six years as the major freight railroads have overhauled their operations. Josh Funk, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 The unions also don't want to make major concessions in workplace rules after seeing nearly one-third of all railroad jobs eliminated over the past six years as the major freight railroads have overhauled their operations. Josh Funk, ajc, 25 Apr. 2022 At the expense of cost-effectiveness, network efficiency, and track safety itself, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is protecting union jobs and keeping our freight railroads stuck in outdated regulations. Dominic Pino, National Review, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But since then, Russia has hit several key lines, compromising Ukraine’s ability to freight its grain out of the country. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 6 May 2022 But rather than freight the music with the weight of tragedy, Sorey opted toward extreme lightness. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Even Black creators like Thomas, Bennett said, can’t help but freight their stories about Black kids with the horrors of racial injustice. Howard Bryant, The Atlantic, 17 Dec. 2020 Narratives of reverse migration from the United States are often freighted with ambivalence. Theodore Ross, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2020 Consumers have had no trouble continuing to purchase bananas freighted from Central America, confections from Europe, and fresh produce from California’s Central Valley. Liz Specht, Wired, 20 May 2020 While businesses nationwide are seeking similar relief, Mr. Trump’s status as president means his company’s actions are freighted with potential conflicts of interest for lenders and landlords. David Enrich, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2020 Many furs are freighted with family history, especially garments earned by individuals who had to strive for them. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2020 To its credit, the MFA chose to freight its sesquicentennial with real meaning — a point of departure that’s strategic and sincere in equal measure. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Freight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freight. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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