\ 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
4 : railway
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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Water blocked access to the road near the airport and there was water in other low-lying areas, National Weather Service hydrologist Karen Endres said, but no homes were damaged. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2022 Despite the work the task force has accomplished, Macchione said during the press conference Saturday that there is still a long road ahead for tackling this issue. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 On a recent afternoon, Bolan called in from his Nashville home before returning to the road with Skid Row. Matt Wake |, al, 3 May 2022 LouCity will take to the road once again for its next game, May 4 against Atlanta United 2. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 1 May 2022 With spring football camp in the rearview mirror, new Florida coach Billy Napier took to the road making his way across the state, connecting with Gators fans and boosters at various locations. Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 In an attempt to cover up the accident, Jaiteh’s boss, a local contractor, took him to a rural road and left him. Kenneth R. Rosen, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 Some teams returned to the road in 2021, and all but MASN had begun traveling again in 2022 before Tuesday’s game against the Yankees. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 26 Apr. 2022 Safety netting will be installed to stop anything from dropping to the road. Louis Sahagúnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Road.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ ˈrōd How to pronounce road (audio) \

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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