\ 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 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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Recent Examples on the Web Since then, the Red Raiders have beaten Columbus-area power Pickerington Central on the road and Greater Cleveland Conference rival Medina. Matt Goul, cleveland, "St. Edward new No. 1 as boys basketball Top 25 resets for 2020," 6 Jan. 2020 But, honestly, on an average unplowed road, this car doesn't feel much different than any all-wheel-drive performance sedan on winter tires. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Has No Time for Your Winter Driving Worries," 6 Jan. 2020 Xavier lost on the road at Villanova, 68-62, and St. John's fell at home to Butler, 60-58. Adam Baum,, "Live updates: Xavier basketball welcomes St. John's in its Big East Conference home opener," 5 Jan. 2020 The vacationers were returning from a night out at a pub and were hit while crossing a state road to reach their lodgings, said Arno Kompatscher, the region’s president. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Car Plows Into German Tourists in Italy, Killing 6 and Injuring 11," 5 Jan. 2020 The Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints 26-20 in overtime and the Seahawks defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-9 as the road team won both of Sunday's playoff games. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Vikings, Seahawks win in NFC first-round games," 5 Jan. 2020 Growing up in California, Schmidt's hero was Rick Mears, who won four Indianapolis 500 races, was from Bakersfield, Calif., and got his start off-road, just like him. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "20 years later: The crash that shattered dreams and left IndyCar's Sam Schmidt a quadriplegic," 5 Jan. 2020 Victoria police reported heavy traffic flows on major roads and praised motorists for their patient and orderly behavior. NBC News, "3,000 reservists called to help battle Australian wildfires," 4 Jan. 2020 Expect more lightweight, ultraportable scooters, compact commuter e-bikes, and high-performance off-road vehicles like those made by the Swedish bike company Cake. Wired Staff, Wired, "The 8 Things We Expect to See at CES 2020," 4 Jan. 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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Road.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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How to pronounce road (audio)

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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