goods, cargo, or lading transported for pay, whether by water, land, or air.
the ordinary conveyance or means of transport of goods provided by common carriers (distinguished from express ): Shipping by freight is less expensive.
the charges, fee, or compensation paid for such transportation: We pay the freight.
(especially in Britain) the cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a vessel; merchandise transported by water.
Chiefly British. transportation of goods by water.
Slang. cost or price, especially when high: I'd like a larger house, but can't afford the freight.
verb (used with object)
to load; burden: a story heavily freighted with private meaning.
to load with goods or merchandise for transportation: It took all night to freight the ship.
to transport as freight; send by freight.

1350–1400; Middle English freyght (noun) < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vrecht, variant of vracht. See fraught

freightless, adjective
overfreight, verb (used with object)
unfreighted, adjective

1. Freight, cargo, shipment refer to goods being transported from place to place. Freight is the general term for goods transported from one place to another by any means: to send freight from New York to New Orleans. Cargo is the term generally used for goods carried by ship or plane: to send a cargo to Europe. Shipment is a quantity of goods destined for a particular place, no matter how sent: a shipment of potatoes. 3. freightage, haulage. 8. charge. Unabridged
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freight (freɪt)
1.  a.  commercial transport that is slower and cheaper than express
 b.  the price charged for such transport
 c.  goods transported by this means
 d.  (as modifier): freight transport
2.  chiefly (Brit) a ship's cargo or part of it
3.  to load with goods for transport
4.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to convey commercially as or by freight
5.  to load or burden; charge
[C16: from Middle Dutch vrecht; related to French fret, Spanish flete, Portuguese frete]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from M.Du. or M.L.G. vracht, vrecht, originally "cost of transport," probably from O.Fris., from P.Gmc. *fra-aihtiz "absolute possession, property," from *fra-, intensive prefix + *aik "to be master of, possess."
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Example sentences
The mostly unseen freight distribution network delivers our goods and supports
  our lifestyle.
The volume of freight has grown dramatically, and the mix of goods and the way
  they are moved have changed.
My quasi-stepdaughters will emerge, frankly, with no debt as their parents are
  rich enough to pay the full freight.
They get paid a percentage of the mortgage value and you pay the freight, not
  the bank or mortgage company.
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