\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

The heavy vehicles had damaged or destroyed 88 bridges and caused 230 road accidents., "America’s military accomplished an amazing feat 100 years ago -- driving across country," 7 July 2019 Notes: The Red Sox are 13-2 in their last 15 road games and 18-10 in series finales this season ... Brandon Chase,, "Game 90: Red Sox at Tigers lineups and notes," 7 July 2019 Video shows test tracks, off-road demo and other outdoor attractions at reimagined 2020 Detroit auto show. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "With auto show, Grand Prix and fireworks, 'Detroit will truly be the place to be' in June," 6 July 2019 Seems like road work is shutting down a major Twin Cities driving artery every weekend this summer. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019 Transit ridership blues There’s lots of positive prospects about the future of mass transit, from the potential to battle climate change to reduce road congestion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego transportation developments: big news, little news, grim news," 5 July 2019 The County of San Diego emergency website is and will be updated with news including road closures and shelters. Ramona Sentinel, "Strong quake prompts preparedness reminders from county," 5 July 2019 While this makes for smoother driving, there are a few manhole covers about 1 to 1½ inches below the new road surface. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "New cars bought out of state need smog check in California: Roadshow," 5 July 2019 After playing in the league for 11 seasons apart, the two behemoths will now be teammates, road-trip buddies and partners-in-crime for the Bucks. The Si Staff,, "Debating the Best and Worst Deals of NBA Free Agency," 5 July 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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The first known use of road was in the 14th century

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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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