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[free-wey] /ˈfriˌweɪ/
an express highway with no intersections, usually having traffic routed on and off by means of a cloverleaf.
a toll-free highway.
Origin of freeway
1925-30, Americanism; free + way Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These days we've got an elegant new museum in the park and a tree-lined boulevard where an ugly freeway offramp used to be.
  • The drive to the fair went through beautiful rolling farmland, not along a congested freeway.
  • And, the city is known for its walking culture, and yet you cannot walk anywhere from this house except to the freeway entrance.
  • Louis had been rejected by his previous owners and was found on the freeway.
  • Think of sensing cell phones as they switch between cell phone towers while drivers speed down the freeway.
  • It was a good car but after three or four years it didn't have enough power to go on the freeway.
  • Joseph pulled off the freeway, found a pay phone, and called him up.
  • Everything was deserted, except for people fleeing towards the freeway.
  • On the other hand, a lot has been done, especially in earthquake-proofing the freeway network.
  • He hopes a new freeway exit will encourage businesses to set up.
British Dictionary definitions for freeway


noun (US)
another name for expressway
a major road that can be used without paying a toll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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