Definition of FREIGHT

Definition of FREIGHT

noun, often attributive

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ˈfrātHow to pronounce freight (audio)

1a : the compensation paid for the transportation of goods

b : cost help pay the freight

2a : goods to be shipped : cargo The freight arrived by steamboat.

b : load, burden The man staggered under a freight of small logs in a basket.

c : meaning sense 3, significance words that carry psychological freight, such as “family,” “work,” and “sex”

3a : the ordinary transportation of goods by a common carrier and distinguished from express

b : a train designed or used for such transportation an eastbound freight



freighted; freighting; freights

transitive verb

1a : to load with goods for transportation

b : burden, charge freighted with memories

2 : to transport or ship by freight

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Noun trains that carry both passengers and freight The freight arrived by steamboat. The order was shipped by freight. Verb it took six hours to freight the cargo airplane

See MoreRecent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, with two years of eligibility, the news had afreighttrain effect on him. —Scott Springer,, “Local players on UC’s soccer team react to AD John Cunningham’s program closure,” 14 Apr. 2020Like afreighttrain that can only go from one point to another. —Michael Taylor,, “Taylor: Chaos of COVID-19 shoving society on fast track to the future,” 10 Apr. 2020The structure was obviously useless—freighttrains were not returning to Lower Manhattan—and so the only real question was how to get rid of it. —The Economist, “Open Future Society doesn’t think ahead but we can trick ourselves into doing better,” 24 Jan. 2020Before saltwater big-game reels were equipped with internal drags, most anglers used reels that had leather patches mounted above the line spool that helped slow down afreighttrain of a fish that weighed hundreds of pounds. —Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, “12 Awesome, Old-School Reels That Changed How We Fish,” 22 Nov. 2019Containership operators have canceled roughly 110 trans-Pacific sailings from early February to early April as the shutdown of Chinese factories amid the outbreak reduced the flow of oceangoingfreight. —Jennifer Smith, WSJ, “U.S. Travel Ban Is Expected to Snarl Trans-Atlantic Airfreight,” 12 Mar. 2020In fact, the deck to which your bags disappear on a typical flight can hold as much as 100,000 to 120,000 pounds offreight. —Rob Verger, Popular Science, “American Airlines hasn’t flown cargo-only flights since 1984. That just changed.,” 27 Mar. 2020With Saudi Arabia increasing its oil production by a million barrels per day, the cost offreightto ship it has skyrocketed. —Katherine Dunn, Fortune, “The oil sector is quickly running out of storage for its unprecedented surplus,” 27 Mar. 2020Detroit is the busiest travel corridor along the northern border, with $133 billion worth offreightcrossing there last year and nearly 4.5 million passenger vehicles. —Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, “Closing of US-Canada border to nonessential travel begins at midnight, Trudeau says,” 20 Mar. 2020Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Hall purchased the site, it was alreadyfreightedwith a — mostly — underground garage. —Mark Lamster, Dallas News, “At two new Dallas hotels, art is the draw,” 21 Feb. 2020The most anodyne events arefreightedwith the possibility of, well, anything. —Robin Givhan, Washington Post, “Louis Vuitton welcomed Trump to the opening of its new factory. And yes, it was odd.,” 18 Oct. 2019But the frenzied inflation of this story, like so much that involves the Bidens, isfreightedwith both dread and grief. —Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, “The Designated Mourner,” 7 Jan. 2020Most are thenfreightedto India to be cut and polished — apart from exceptional stones that are treated on site with technologies that heightens their value. —Kieron Monks, CNN, “Inside the world’s largest diamond trading floor,” 19 Dec. 2019Much like Springsteen’s brilliant Tunnel of Love, Tomorrow isfreightedwith tension, both lyrically and musically, thanks to a brooding synth-heavy production from John Congleton. —Billboard Staff, Billboard, “The 50 Best Albums of 2019: Staff Picks,” 10 Dec. 2019It was taken apart and air-freightedto South Africa, where it was reassembled. —Washington Post, “Bloodhound aims to be world’s fastest car in South Africa,” 8 Nov. 2019The years of teenage rebellion had been particularlyfreightedfor both. —oregonlive, “The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart,” 5 Oct. 2019This new system has to be manufactured for the building,freightedin, and installed. —Austen Erblat,, “Palm Beach County nature center to temporarily close for construction,” 25 Sep. 2019

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