[ freyt ]
/ freɪt /
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.
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Origin of freight
1350–1400; Middle English freyght (noun) < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vrecht, variant of vracht. See fraught
SYNONYMS FOR freight
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM freight
freight·less, adjectiveo·ver·freight, verb (used with object)un·freight·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for freight
Up in the tower, Bucca was joined by Battalion Chief Orio Palmer, who had managed to get a freight elevator to bring him part way.
Toledo is a tough city, a factory town, a freight train junction, a lake steamer port.
The danger is a bigger fire in an under-floor baggage or freight hold.
Charges for freight and passenger travel were enormous in the early days of the road.
Prowling about Panama|George A. Miller
He and his companions had broken open a freight car and had brought each a good load.
Ralph on the Overland Express|Allen Chapman
Freight was scarce and, had it not been for government shipments, some of the railroads would have been abandoned.
The Sequel of Appomattox|Walter Lynwood Fleming
You promised to freight my ship ere I departed, and so you shall; or I mean to load her with your dead carcasses.
The Pocahontas-John Smith Story|Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
By this route fifty dollars was saved on every ton of freight from Ottawa to the middle north.
The Story of Isaac Brock|Walter R. Nursey
British Dictionary definitions for freight
/ (freɪt) /
- commercial transport that is slower and cheaper than express
- the price charged for such transport
- goods transported by this means
- (as modifier)freight transport
mainly British a ship’s cargo or part of it
to load with goods for transport
mainly US and Canadian to convey commercially as or by freight
to load or burden; charge
Derived forms of freight
Word Origin for freight
C16: from Middle Dutch vrecht; related to French fret, Spanish flete, Portuguese frete
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