turn·​pike | \ ˈtərn-ˌpīk How to pronounce turnpike (audio) \

Definition of turnpike

1a(1) : a road (such as an expressway) for the use of which tolls are collected
(2) : a road formerly maintained as a turnpike
b : a main road especially : a paved highway with a rounded surface
2 : tollgate

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Examples of turnpike in a Sentence

the turnpike was jammed with people heading south for the long weekend

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The turnpike is building a bridge that the city isn’t paying for, and developers are helping extend Fosgate Road to Lake Minneola High School. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kudos to Minneola for halting annexations, shutting down growth until 2023," 21 May 2018 Due to police activity at the overpass of Florida's Turnpike on Miramar Parkway, the turnpike was closed in both directions from Hollywood Boulevard to the county line of Broward and Miami-Dade for more than an hour on Monday. Sun Sentinel Staff, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida's Turpike through Miramar reopens; delays persist," 19 Mar. 2018 The incident occurred on the turnpike at mile marker 267 in Orange County at 12:20 p.m., Lt. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "FedEx driver killed in freak accident on turnpike, FHP says," 21 June 2018 There was also a 44 percent decline in injury crashes throughout the entire 241-mile turnpike. James Ewinger, cleveland.com, "Obeying Ohio's move-over law is one way to honor police, highway workers," 11 May 2018 The additional revenue will go toward maintenance of the state’s 552-mile turnpike system and cover a mandated obligation that the commission provide $450 million to PennDot each year for transit funding. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase 6% in 2019," 3 July 2018 At least two eastbound lanes near the turnpike were unusable from rush hour until about midnight, said DOT spokesman Steve Olson. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "With more flooding expected on I-4, state officials order road builder to ensure better drainage," 17 May 2018 The Golden Triangle is considered the area near the turnpike’s Exit 13 and Route 9 that includes small businesses, regional retail, and corporate campuses as well as residents. Jennifer Fenn Lefferts, BostonGlobe.com, "Draft Golden Triangle study is available for public review," 11 Apr. 2018 Tolls have increased every year since 2009, in part to pay for a long-term turnpike reconstruction project and to handle debt service. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase 6% in 2019," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of turnpike

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for turnpike

Middle English turnepike revolving frame bearing spikes and serving as a barrier, from turnen to turn + pike

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The first known use of turnpike was in 1678

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English Language Learners Definition of turnpike

US : a major road that you must pay to use


turn·​pike | \ ˈtərn-ˌpīk How to pronounce turnpike (audio) \

Kids Definition of turnpike

: a road that people must pay a toll to use

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