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freight

[ freyt ]

noun

  1. goods, cargo, or lading transported for pay, whether by water, land, or air.
  2. the ordinary conveyance or means of transport of goods provided by common carriers ( express ):

    Shipping by freight is less expensive.

  3. the charges, fee, or compensation paid for such transportation:

    We pay the freight.

    Synonyms: haulage, freightage

  4. (especially in Britain) the cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a vessel; merchandise transported by water.
  5. Chiefly British. transportation of goods by water.
  6. Slang. cost or price, especially when high:

    I'd like a larger house, but can't afford the freight.



verb (used with object)

  1. to load; burden:

    a story heavily freighted with private meaning.

    Synonyms: charge

  2. to load with goods or merchandise for transportation:

    It took all night to freight the ship.

  3. to transport as freight; send by 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

  1. a ship's cargo or part of it


verb

  1. to load with goods for transport
  2. to convey commercially as or by freight
  3. to load or burden; charge

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfreightless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • freightless adjective
  • over·freight verb (used with object)
  • un·freighted adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of freight1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of freight1

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

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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

This year, electric vehicle startups have gone public in droves on those terms, with multibillion-dollar valuations doled out to innovators like QuantumScape, a battery developer, and Hyliion, which makes electrified powertrains for freight trucks.

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Diesel engines are the workhorses of freight transportation and agriculture — and by extension keep the economy fed and well supplied.

Accordingly, Horowitz encouraged Tristan to abandon a few of his earliest ideas—one to revolutionize freight, another tackling childhood obesity with play—and instead to pursue this thing he was uniquely experienced to execute.

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Rose, who is Reliable’s chief executive officer, says the company’s business plan is to equip a fleet of Cessna 208 Caravans with its self-flying systems and use them for air freight deliveries.

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A similar subscription model is planned by Nikola, but Nikola is focused largely on commercial electric freight trucks and is expected to require more commitment from customers.

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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.

But a year later he was back home in New Orleans and back on the docks, handling freight on ships bound for the Gulf of Mexico.

Bette would “have no choice” but to pay the extra, socialistic freight.

“She seemed to indicate she had worked at Stapleton Air Freight,” he said.

We made the freight camp, however, just as the storm cut loose in deadly earnest.

You know that if there was anything they wanted they weren't taking any risk by going to any freight camp.

Faintly outlined among the trees, Jess saw an old freight or box car.

By sheer good fortune a big tree stump stood under the door of the freight car, or the children never could have opened it.

They could see nothing at all, for the freight car was tightly made, and all outside was nearly as black as night.

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