sub·​way | \ ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio) \

Definition of subway

: an underground way: such as
a : a passage under a street (as for pedestrians, power cables, or water or gas mains)
b : a usually electric underground railway
c : underpass

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Other Words from subway

subway intransitive verb

Examples of subway in a Sentence

I took the subway to midtown. No one on the subway seemed to mind how crowded it was. I've been on both the New York subway and the Underground in London.
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Recent Examples on the Web Traffic among New York's Metropolitan Transit Agency said daily subway travel remains nearly 70% down from typical levels. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Congressional Democrats prepare proposal for $50 billion in transit assistance," 8 Feb. 2021 Ostensibly riding public transportation — like, the subway. Madison Malone Kircher, Curbed, "I Cannot Decide If I Love or Hate This Sink-Reviews TikTok," 4 Feb. 2021 She was charged with giving false statements to obtain license plate information—part of researching cars involved in a mob attack on subway riders. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 Feb. 2021 Even the most basic question could not be answered: Would young software engineers put up with the long walk to work from the nearest subway stop at South Station? Shirley Leung,, "The Seaport has become Boston’s Innovation District. Somewhere former mayor Tom Menino is saying ‘I told you so’," 30 Jan. 2021 The fittest among them were even planning on taking the subway. Star Tribune, "Shoah survivors to get vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day," 27 Jan. 2021 By March 29, the MTA reported its first related deaths, of Peter Petrassi, a subway conductor and operations guy, and Oliver Cyrus, a bus operator. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The MTA Has a New Citywide Memorial for Its Workers Lost to COVID-19," 25 Jan. 2021 Complaining—about apartment size, about the subway—is our compensation, and our I.D. badge. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Andrew Yang, Fran Lebowitz, and Who Gets to Be a “Real” New Yorker," 21 Jan. 2021 But then, not all men take up two or three subway seats. James Gorman, New York Times, "Is Mask-Slipping the New Manspreading?," 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of subway

1822, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

16 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Subway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of subway

chiefly US : a system of underground trains in a city
British : a road or passage for walking under a road, set of railroad tracks, etc.


sub·​way | \ ˈsəb-ˌwā How to pronounce subway (audio) \

Kids Definition of subway

: a usually electric underground railway

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