freight

noun, often attributive
\ˈfrāt \

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

In addition, the neighborhood will contain an Urban Consolidation Center, which will distribute freight and collect waste centrally via robots and a tunnel system, eliminating noise, pollution, and congestion. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sidewalk Labs’s updated smart city plan aims for ‘people-first public realm’," 30 Nov. 2018 Outposts like Košice, Slovakia, are now stops for freight trains from China. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Trophy Infrastructure, Troublesome Debt: China Makes Inroads in Europe," 5 Nov. 2018 Total sticker price of our Prius C Four tester was $26,804, including freight and options. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 With master agreements nailed down for both the freight and small package national master contracts, the union and the shipping giant will continue to hash out terms of supplements and local agreements. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "UPS reaches a tentative agreement on a contract with the Teamsters," 13 July 2018 There may also be important differences between freight and passenger uses. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio-Austin MPOs working to ready I-35 for population boom," 5 July 2018 Of that spending, 63 percent is intended to accommodate growth in passengers and freight. Jeremy Hill, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. airports spend record sums to renovate amid travel boom," 3 July 2018 Price as tested:$84,660, including freight and options (4WD). star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 June 2018 The Reading Railroad viaduct was built in the 1890s to carry passengers and freight to Center City. Washington Post, "Philadelphia railroad ruins transformed into elevated park," 9 June 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

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

Verb

see freight entry 1

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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 \

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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