un·​der·​pass ˈən-dər-ˌpas How to pronounce underpass (audio)
: a crossing of a highway and another way (such as a road or railroad) at different levels
also : the lower level of such a crossing

Examples of underpass in a Sentence

We stood on the bridge and looked down at the underpass.
Recent Examples on the Web Still another program earmarked $350 million to wildlife crossings—bridges, underpasses and roadside fences that permit animals to safely navigate highways. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024 The infamous bridge can be found on the southern border of the Indian Mound neighborhood, where railroad tracks cut across Independence Avenue and create a tight underpass for vehicle traffic. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 2 Feb. 2024 Once, in his late teens, Zelensky wanted to try busking in an underpass with his guitar. Simon Shuster, TIME, 4 Jan. 2024 The Nugget Canyon underpasses, built in Wyoming, for example, prevented 95 crashes with animals annually, and so paid for themselves within five years. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2023 Los Angeles has more homeless veterans than any city in America, according to a 2022 federal report, with nearly 4,000 men and women who served their country bedding down in homeless shelters, in old cars and RVs, under freeway underpasses. Grace Murray, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 In Canada, a series of wildlife bridges and underpasses at Banff National Park has proven wildly successful. Martha Shade, CNN, 8 Oct. 2023 The accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on Interstate 70 West in Licking County, near the Smoke Road underpass. CBS News, 14 Nov. 2023 But its unpreparedness in handling emergencies was exposed again this year when floodwaters filled an underpass in July, killing 14 drivers and passengers, and when the World Scout Jamboree descended into chaos in August. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of underpass was in 1903

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“Underpass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpass. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​der·​pass -ˌpas How to pronounce underpass (audio)
: a passage underneath something (as for a road passing under another road)

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