[ suhb-wey ]
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  1. Also called, especially British, tube, underground. an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city.

  2. Chiefly British. a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be transported by a subway: We subwayed uptown.

Origin of subway

First recorded in 1820–30; sub- + way1

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How to use subway in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for subway


/ (ˈsʌbˌweɪ) /

  1. British an underground passage or tunnel enabling pedestrians to cross a road, railway, etc

  2. an underground passage or tunnel for traffic, electric power supplies, etc

  1. mainly US and Canadian an underground railway

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