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freight

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noun, often attributive \ˈfrāt\

Definition of freight

  1. 1a :  the compensation paid for the transportation of goodsb :  cost help pay the freight

  2. 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 3, significance words that carry psychological freight, such as “family,” “work,” and “sex”

  3. 3a :  the ordinary transportation of goods by a common carrier and distinguished from expressb :  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

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Definition of freight

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to load with goods for transportationb :  burden, charge freighted with memories

  3. 2 :  to transport or ship by freight

Examples of freight in a Sentence

  1. it took six hours to freight the cargo airplane

Recent Examples of freight from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of freight

see 1freight



FREIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

freight

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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

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noun \ˈfrāt\

Definition of freight for Students

  1. 1 :  goods or cargo carried by a ship, train, truck, or airplane

  2. 2 :  the carrying (as by truck) of goods from one place to another The order was shipped by freight.

  3. 3 :  the amount paid (as to a shipping company) for carrying goods

  4. 4 :  a train that carries freight


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freight

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verb

Definition of freight for Students

freighted

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freighting

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



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