freight

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From Middle English freyght, from Middle Dutch vracht, Middle Low German vrecht (cost of transport), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fra- (intensive prefix) + Proto-Germanic *aihtiz (possession), from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ- (to possess), equivalent to for- +‎ aught. Cognate with Old High German frēht (earnings), Old English ǣht (owndom). More at for-, own.

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freight (uncountable)

  1. Payment for transportation.
    The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.
  2. Goods or items in transport.
    The freight shifted and the trailer turned over on the highway.
  3. Transport of goods.
    They shipped it ordinary freight to spare the expense.

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freight (third-person singular simple present freights, present participle freighting, simple past and past participle freighted)

  1. (transitive) To transport (goods).
  2. To load with freight.

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