thor·ough·fare | \ ˈthər-ə-ˌfer , ˈthə-rə- \

Definition of thoroughfare 

1 : a way or place for passage: such as

a : a street open at both ends

b : a main road

2a : passage, transit

b : the conditions necessary for passing through

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Examples of thoroughfare in a Sentence

one of the city's main thoroughfares

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The mural is located near Belvidere Park on Belvidere Road, one of Waukegan's main thoroughfares. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Artist behind Ray Bradbury mural in Waukegan hopes his work will inspire kids who don't have access to art," 13 July 2018 The change, said Heritage of Pride spokesman James Fallarino, was to speed the flow of the march by keeping it moving largely along major thoroughfares that could better accommodate the throngs of participants. Charles Passy, WSJ, "NYC Pride March Tries New Route to Prepare for Next Year’s Event," 24 June 2018 The 145-mile section of road, from Qeysar in northern Faryab province to Laman in western Badghis province, was supposed to form part of the country’s orbital freeway — a major economic thoroughfare connecting major cities. Alastair Jamieson /, NBC News, "Afghan highway barely built after 12 years, millions of U.S. tax dollars: SIGAR," 23 June 2018 Interstate 485 is frequently backed up at rush hour, as are major thoroughfares such as Providence Road. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Why one of Charlotte's biggest developers is counting on the suburbs to drive growth," 1 June 2018 In Dublin, Ireland’s capital and largest city, posters for and against the referendum line every major thoroughfare. Jeremy Copas, Fox News, "Facebook, Google to block ads leading up to the Ireland abortion referendum," 13 May 2018 Others noted parking problems around the dog park off Laguna Canyon Road, with people parking across the street and having to run across the busy thoroughfare to enter the park. Bradley Zint,, "Parts of Laguna Canyon are like ‘junkyards,’ commissioner says as city officials talk blight, parking and more," 2 May 2018 That's when the span was lifted from its temporary supports, rotated 90 degrees across an eight-lane thoroughfare and lowered into its permanent position over the busy road. CBS News, "Death toll raised to 6 in Fla. pedestrian bridge collapse," 16 Mar. 2018 Those attending can expect to learn more about pedestrian safety improvements, including new sidewalks and streetlights, as well any plans to ease transportation congestion along the city’s busy thoroughfares. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Public invited to Peachtree Corners’ state of the city address," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of thoroughfare

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of thoroughfare

: a main road


thor·ough·fare | \ ˈthər-ō-ˌfer \

Kids Definition of thoroughfare

1 : a street or road open at both ends

2 : a main road

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