Meaning of “freight” in the English Dictionary

"freight" in British English

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freightnoun [ U ]

uk /freɪt/ us /freɪt/

goods, but not passengers, that are carried from one place to another, by ship, aircraft, train, or truck, or the system of transporting these goods:

The ship carries both freight and passengers.
a freight company
Will the goods be sent by air or sea freight?
freight trains
US The escaped prisoner made his getaway in a freight car on a train.

freightverb [ T ]

uk /freɪt/ us /freɪt/

freightadverb

uk /freɪt/ us /freɪt/

(Definition of “freight” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freight" in American English

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freightnoun [ U ]

us /freɪt/

goods that are transported from one place to another by ship, aircraft, train, or truck:

Most planes carry both freight and passengers.

A freight train is a train that carries only goods.

(Definition of “freight” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"freight" in Business English

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freightnoun [ U ]

uk /freɪt/ us TRANSPORT

goods that are transported by ship, aircraft, train, or truck, or the method of transporting these goods:

The ship carries both freight and passengers.
a freight company
Will the goods be sent by air or sea freight?
freight trains
Everything was loaded into a freight car/wagon on the train.

the money paid for transporting goods:

If you buy the full three-piece set, we will pay the freight.

freightverb [ T ]

uk /freɪt/ us

to transport goods by aircraft, ship, train, or truck:

Grapes from this region are freighted all over the world.

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freightadverb

uk /freɪt/ us

by ship, aircraft, train, or truck as part of a large group of things being transported:

It would be much cheaper to send the goods freight.

(Definition of “freight” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)