\ˈrōd \

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

b : roadbed sense 2b

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 \ 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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Three older telescopes on the mountain would be removed, and a closed access road would undergo rehabilitation to return the area to its prior state. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Hawaiian Supreme Court gives go-ahead to giant telescope," 1 Nov. 2018 Given the heart-stopping montage of flash-forwards that Season 3 ended on—which left a lot of viewers speculating that Beth may be dead in the show's future—fans of the show's golden couple are clearly in for a rocky road. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sterling K Brown Just Shared Some This Is Us Season 3 Spoilers," 17 Sep. 2018 Lady Gaga’s house in Malibu is on a relatively nondescript road just off the Pacific Coast Highway, situated in what feels (for Malibu) like a normal suburban neighborhood. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Opens Up About A Star Is Born, MeToo, and a Decade in Pop," 10 Sep. 2018 Route 6 is a two-lane road that is not divided, Wellfleet Lieutenant Michael P. Hurley said in an e-mail. Lucas Phillips,, "Head-on collision on Route 6 in Wellfleet leaves two hospitalized," 14 July 2018 Nguyen allegedly climbed into one of four police pickups, which were used to block a road, and urged others to climb over the vehicles to continue their march, the indictment reportedly said. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "U.S. citizen arrested during protest in Vietnam scheduled to stand trial," 13 July 2018 Ormand, now chairman and CEO, is widely credited with getting Lilis to this point, avoiding bankruptcy while navigating a treacherous road of headquarter relocations and several CEO changes. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Lilis may be an acquisition target," 13 July 2018 Machado’s official Instagram account liked a picture of the Orioles shortstop photoshopped into a gray road New York Yankees uniform late Wednesday night. The Baltimore Sun,, "Orioles' Manny Machado likes Instagram pic of himself in Yankees uniform as trade talk intensifies," 12 July 2018 The most contentious fight in California is over Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay, where Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla wants to restrict people from using a road through his property to get to the beach. Peter Fimrite,, "Fight brewing over Privates Beach in Santa Cruz County, which charges $100 yearly fee," 12 July 2018

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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


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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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