Definition of freight | Dictionary.com

Definition of freight | Dictionary.com

[ freyt ]

/ freɪt /

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noun

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.

freight train.

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.

8 charge.

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OTHER WORDS FROM freight

freight·less, adjectiveo·ver·freight, verb (used with object)un·freight·ed, adjective

Words nearby freight

frege, frei, frei test, freiberg’s disease, freiburg, freight, freight agent, freight car, freight engine, freight forwarder, freight house

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Words related to freight

transportation, shipping, carriage, consignment, shipment, payload, merchandise, load, lading, encumbrance, weight, wares, bulk, haul, conveyance, ballast, burden, contents, pack, fardel

Example sentences from the Web for freight

  • 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

freight

/ (freɪt) /

noun

  1. commercial transport that is slower and cheaper than express
  2. the price charged for such transport
  3. goods transported by this means
  4. (as modifier)freight transport

mainly British a ship’s cargo or part of it

verb (tr)

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

freightless, adjective

Word Origin for freight

C16: from Middle Dutch vrecht; related to French fret, Spanish flete, Portuguese frete

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