Pronunciation Noun

freight (uncountable)

  1. Payment for transportation.
    The freight was more expensive for cars than for coal.
    • 1881, Federal Reporter, 1st Series, Vol. 6, p. 412:
      Had the ship earned her freight? To earn freight there must, of course, be either a right delivery, or a due and proper offer to deliver the goods to the consignees.
  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.
  4. (figurative) Cultural or emotional associations.
    • 2007, B. Richards, Emotional Governance: Politics, Media and Terror (page 116)
      This may seem to be a quite unrealistic aim, until we note that some contributors to the emotional public sphere – advertising creatives – are very aware of the emotional freight that simple words may carry, […]
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  • French: fret
  • Russian: перево́зка
  • Spanish: transporte de mercancias

freight (freights, present participle freighting; past and past participle freighted)

  1. (transitive) To transport (goods).
  2. To load with freight. Also figurative.
    • 1957, James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues,” in Going to Meet the Man, Dial, 1965,
      Everything I did seemed awkward to me, and everything I said sounded freighted with hidden meaning.
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