Definition for English-Language Learners from Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

1 freight /ˈfreɪt/ noun

plural freights

plural freights

Learner’s definition of FREIGHT

[noncount]

a : goods that are carried by ships, trains, trucks, or airplanes

  • trains that carry both passengers and freight

  • The freight arrived by steamboat.

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b : the system by which goods are carried from one place to another

  • The order was shipped by freight.

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2 [noncount] : the amount of money paid for carrying goods

  • paid the full freight

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— sometimes used figuratively in U.S. English

  • parents struggling to pay the freight [=to pay] for their children’s college education

  • He warns that taxpayers will end up paying the freight for the new stadium.

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3 [count] US :freight train

  • an eastbound freight

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2 freight /ˈfreɪt/ verb

freights; freighted; freighting

freights; freighted; freighting

Learner’s definition of FREIGHT

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1 : to send (goods) from one place to another

  • cargo freighted by airplane

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2 : to cause (something) to have or carry many things : to load or burden (something) — usually used as(be) freighted

  • an essay freighted with complex arguments [=an essay that has too many complex arguments]

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