1Goods transported in bulk by truck, train, ship, or aircraft.
cargo, load, haul, consignment, delivery, shipmentView synonyms
- ‘a decline in the amount of freight carried by rail’
- 1.1The transport of goods by truck, train, ship, or aircraft.
transportation, transport, conveyance, freightage, carriage, carrying, portage, haulage, distribution, deliveryView synonyms
- ‘the truck-based system can outperform air freight at distances of up to seven hundred miles’
- 1.2A charge for transport by freight.
- ‘a bill indicating that the freight has been paid’
2US A freight train.‘I can hear the regular wail of the twelve o'clock freight from my house’
- ‘One remained at the wreck to help with the rescue work, but the other fled, only to be hit by a train near Portage when he attempted to hop a freight.’
- ‘Magnus led him along the darkened wood corridor of the freight, stopping at a door with flickering yellowish light streaming out from beneath it.’
- ‘A penniless Fred, still in striped pants, tailcoat, and spats, hops a freight for New York, with Pop in tow.’
- ‘Currently, the freight was crossing the border between Nirvan and Dalach, heading north.’
- ‘They'll last indefinitely if they're used on the right spot on a freight.’
- ‘Then an announcement that a freight had broken down and was blocking the approaches.’
3A load or burden.
- ‘these warm winds deposit their freight of moisture in showers of rain’
transitive verb[with object]
1Transport (goods) in bulk by truck, train, ship, or aircraft.
transport, transport in bulk, convey, carry, ship, driveView synonyms
- ‘the metals had been freighted from the city’
2be freighted withBe laden or burdened with.
- ‘each word was freighted with anger’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘hire of a ship for transporting goods’): from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German vrecht, variant of vracht ‘ship's cargo’. Compare with fraught.