\ 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

That rock in the road was different for both Francisco and Marlon. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "U.S. citizen’s detention is a reminder that mixed-status families can feel trapped along the border," 4 Aug. 2019 The Wings open 2019-20 on the road, but host the Dallas Stars the next day, Sunday, Oct. 6. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "When will Detroit Red Wings anoint Dylan Larkin the next captain?," 4 Aug. 2019 All four victims worked as prostitutes and were fatally shot in the head and left in the road to die, according to Webb County District Attorney Isidro Alaniz. Fox News, "Trial for Border Patrol agent accused of killing 4 women, kidnapping 5th in Texas postponed," 3 Aug. 2019 After falling 4-1 on the road against New England Saturday, the Lions now sit seven points below the playoff line, adding an extra dose of pressure to Saturday’s match as the team returns home. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City hungry for win during home match against FC Dallas," 3 Aug. 2019 Hartford continues on the road with at game at Nashville SC on Wednesday before returning home to face New York Red Bulls II on Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Dillon Stadium. Staff Report,, "Hartford Athletic shuts out Bethlehem Steel 3-0," 2 Aug. 2019 After eight surgeries, Marie is now on the road to recovery. Samantha Lauriello,, "This Woman Had to Have Her Arms and Legs Amputated Due to an Infection From Her Dog’s Saliva," 1 Aug. 2019 In essence, the Monte Carlo method models the future as a series of forks in the road. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "Why Big Banks Could Soon Jump on the Quantum Bandwagon," 26 July 2019 Overcoming bumps in the road seem to be one of this team’s big positives. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto 8U All-Stars poised for their Louisiana trip," 24 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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