\ 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

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Other Words from road

roadless \ ˈrōd-​ləs How to pronounce roadless (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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Seven people, including five children, were riding in a carriage on a road in Algansee Township, Mich., when it was struck by the vehicle, according to WMMT West Michigan. Tara Law, Time, "Reports: Two Young Amish Children Riding in a Buggy Killed by a Drunk Driver," 8 June 2019 Of note: No team has taken a more dramatic road to the finals than the Blue Knights, who have won three games in this tournament alone on walk-off hits. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Baseball: Everything you need to know about this weekend’s high school state championships," 7 June 2019 The band plans to hit the road for a full U.S. tour later this year. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Trampled by Turtles and Railroad Earth headline the region’s largest bluegrass festival in Eau Claire," 6 June 2019 Despite the available tech tools, the top app downloads are traditional 2D. Apple faces a tough road ahead. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple triples down on augmented reality, but it will be a tough sell," 6 June 2019 Elton John took a long and winding road to marital bliss with his current husband, David Furnish. Elena Nicolaou,, "18 Things You Didn't Know About Rocketman, But Need To," 5 June 2019 For outdoorsy types, summer means hitting the road, climbing a mountain or heading off into the woods., "Summer TV 2019 heats up: Check out these cool shows," 4 June 2019 That would help pay for demolishing the building, as well as a possible public square and a new road tied to the development, Piotrowski said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "F Street Group pitches large Brown Deer apartment development near similar neighborhood project," 4 June 2019 The story starts in 1911, with the first tires to win the Indy 500, 4.5-inch-wide Firestone tires with just 2.5 inches of actual tread hitting the road when cornering. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Gaining Speed: A History of the Indy 500 Racing Tire," 24 May 2019

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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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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


\ 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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