[ freyt ]
/ freɪt /
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verb (used with object)
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Origin of freight

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

synonym study 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.


freightless, adjectiveo·ver·freight, verb (used with object)un·freight·ed, adjective
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How to use freight in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for freight

/ (freɪt) /

  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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