road

noun
\ 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

When a driver sees there is something wrong with a sign on the road. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Hilarious Dad Jokes That’ll Make You Die Laughing," 9 May 2019 The victory capped a fantastic season for the Courage, who went 18-1-6 overall, won the league’s Supporters’ Shield for best record and never dropped a game on the road. Anne M. Peterson, The Seattle Times, "NWSL’s 7th season opens, looks for bump in World Cup year," 13 Apr. 2019 But careful experimentation is a very valuable step on the road to figuring that out. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 But before getting on the road, Sigrid talks to BAZAAR.com about making Sucker Punch and turning the sad and mundane into optimistic music. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sigrid Plans to Be Around for a Long Time," 11 Mar. 2019 After being involved in a road accident in January 2019, Prince Philip has decided to surrender his driving license, according to royal correspondent Omid Scobie. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Philip Will Surrender His Driving License Following Road Traffic Accident," 9 Feb. 2019 The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Philip Was Involved in a Car Accident Near Sandringham Yesterday," 18 Jan. 2019 The restaurant’s brewery, located four blocks down the road, has a signature white ale. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Forget Poppies, Ojai’s Pixie Season Is the California Nature Event to Know," 10 Apr. 2019 That would just breed inequality, fights, and issues down the road. Marie Claire, "The Couple With One Spender and One Saver—Who Split Everything Down the Middle," 21 Mar. 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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road

noun

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

road

noun
\ 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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