\ ˈrōd How to pronounce road (audio) \

Definition of road

1 : roadstead often used in plural
2a : an open way for vehicles, persons, and animals especially : one lying outside of an urban district : highway
3 : a route or way to an end, conclusion, or circumstance on the road to success
5 : a series of scheduled visits or appearances (such as games or performances) in several locations or the travel necessary to make these visits the team is on the road on tour with the musical's road company
down the road
: in or into the future

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Other Words from road

roadless \ ˈrōd-​ləs How to pronounce road (audio) \ adjective

Examples of road in a Sentence

We'll cross the road up ahead at the crosswalk. He drove off the road. We parked by the side of the road. There are lots of cars on the road this morning. These country roads are beautiful. a desolate stretch of road Miles of road lay ahead. The cabin is accessible by road.
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Recent Examples on the Web Sophomore Ayla Abban scored twice and freshman goaltender Anna McGinty secured her second straight shutout as the Dragons (2-0) stayed undefeated with the road Patriot League win at Pilgrim Arena. Jacob Levin,, "Norwood boys’ hockey team happy to have a Skating Club to call home," 7 Jan. 2021 Ashton Price’s 32-point night paced Bay (4-3) to a Great Lakes Conference road win at Rocky River. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Warrensville Heights isn’t satisfied after working overtime: Boys basketball rewind," 6 Jan. 2021 The Raiders concluded their 2020 NFL season with a 32-31 road win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Josh Jacobs booked for DUI after traffic accident," 4 Jan. 2021 Texas vaults five places to No. 4 following its huge road win at Kansas. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "Texas, Creighton surge into top five of Ferris Mowers Men's Basketball Coaches Poll," 4 Jan. 2021 Ossai turned in one of the most remarkable defensive performances Texas has witnessed in recent years during a thrilling overtime road win over No. 6 Oklahoma State. Nick Moyle,, "Texas LB Joseph Ossai named FWAA first-team All-American," 30 Dec. 2020 The game again will be against the Bucks, who will be coming off the largest road win in franchise history. Ira Winderman,, "Bucks blitz Heat with record-setting barrage of 3s in 144-97 beatdown," 29 Dec. 2020 Heading into Week 17, the Ravens can clinch a postseason berth with a road win over the Cincinnati Bengals or a loss by the Colts or Browns. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Where do the Ravens stand in the AFC playoff race after their win over the Giants?," 28 Dec. 2020 Samaje Perine ran for two touchdowns, including a 3-yard score late, to give the Cincinnati Bengals their first road win in more than two years with a 37-31 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Kristie Rieken, Chron, "Bengals beat Texans for first road win since 2018," 27 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of road

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for road

Middle English rode, from Old English rād ride, journey; akin to Old English rīdan to ride

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The first known use of road was in the 14th century

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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Road.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of road

: a hard flat surface for vehicles, people, and animals to travel on
: a process or a course of action that leads to a certain result


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Kids Definition of road

1 : a hard flat surface for vehicles, persons, and animals to travel on
2 : a way to achieve something the road to success

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