freight

[ freyt ]
/ freɪt /
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noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of freight

1350–1400; Middle English freyght (noun) < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vrecht, variant of vracht. See fraught
SYNONYMS 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.
3 freightage, haulage.
8 charge.
Related formsfreight·less, adjectiveo·ver·freight, verb (used with object)un·freight·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unfreighted

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
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 Formsfreightless, adjective

Word Origin for freight

C16: from Middle Dutch vrecht; related to French fret, Spanish flete, Portuguese frete
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Word Origin and History for unfreighted

freight


n.

early 13c., fraght, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht, meaning originally "cost of transport" and probably from a lost Old Frisian word, from Proto-Germanic *fra-aihtiz "absolute possession, property" (cf. Old High German freht "earnings"), from *fra-, intensive prefix, + *aik "to be master of, possess," from PIE *aik- (see owe). Meaning "transporting of goods or passengers for money" is from late 14c. Danish fragt, Swedish frakt apparently also are from Frisian. As a verb, from late 14c.

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