\ 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 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 The statement said protesters dragged barriers into the road to block and delay responding officers., "Protests against police brutality in Oakland ended with fires, damage," 17 Apr. 2021 Torres made the biggest impact of the three, scoring a goal in eight games after making his first-team debut off the bench in a road loss to Seattle. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the 2021 LAFC team," 17 Apr. 2021 That deadline could come in 2030, but the actual date will be set by the percentage of vehicles in the state that pay for road use through vehicle miles traveled instead of by taxes on gasoline. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Washington State Plans to Ban Sales of Gasoline Cars after 2030," 17 Apr. 2021 John Weisert’s job as a mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industry took him on the road in the United States and overseas, to places like Kuwait and Iraq. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "John 'Steve' Weisert's hopes of traveling with his wife dashed in FedEx shooting," 17 Apr. 2021 Just like the question of why chickens cross the road, the answer to why dogs roll in grass may be equally simple. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "Why Do Dogs Roll in the Grass?," 17 Apr. 2021 The toad has been singing on warm nights along with hundreds, if not thousands, of his counterparts in the wetlands across the road, including spring peepers and wood frogs. Cori Brown,, "Cori Brown: Spring popping up all over, right on time | OUTDOORS COMMENTARY," 17 Apr. 2021 Both cars were towed, one with heavy front-end damage and the road was reopened around 12:45 a.m. on April 11. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Township called in to help settle neighbors’ property dispute: Moreland Hills Police Blotter," 17 Apr. 2021 Humans take for granted that the road will continue. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Precipice Edginess When A Self-Driving Car Drives Down A Super-Steep Slope Like These Top Ten U.S. Vertical-Drop Streets," 17 Apr. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Road.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 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


\ 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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