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"road" in British English

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roadnoun [C or U]

uk   /rəʊd/ us   /roʊd/
A1 a long, hard surface built for vehicles to travel along: We live on a busy/quiet road. Be careful when you cross a main road. There's a coffee shop on the other side of the road. The road from here to Adelaide runs/goes through some beautiful countryside. All roads into/out of the town were blocked by the snow. I hate flying so I go everywhere by road or rail. I live in/on Mill Road. My address is 82 Mill Road. Is this the Belfast road (= the road that goes to Belfast)? Most road accidents are caused by people driving too fast.
on the road
If a vehicle is on the road, it is working as it should and can be legally used: My car was in the garage for a week, but it's now back on the road.
C1 When you are on the road, you are driving or travelling, usually over a long distance: After two days on the road, they reached the coast.
If a group of actors or musicians are on the road, they are travelling to different places to perform: Most rock groups spend two or three months a year on the road.

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

"road" in American English

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roadnoun [C/U]

us   /roʊd/
a route for traveling between places by vehicle, esp. one that has been specially surfaced and made flat: [C] a gravel/dirt/paved road
Road ( abbreviation Rd.) is often used in the names of roads: [U] 82 Mill Road
(Definition of road from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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