Meaning of “truck” in the English Dictionary

"truck" in British English

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trucknoun

uk /trʌk/ us /trʌk/

truck noun (VEHICLE)

B1 [ C ] UK also lorry a large road vehicle that is used for transporting large amounts of goods:

The road was completely blocked by an overturned truck.
a truck driver

[ C ] UK US car a part of a train that is used for carrying goods or animals:

Hundreds of refugees were herded into cattle trucks for the gruelling ten-hour journey.

More examples

  • Every few kilometres we passed a burned-out jeep or truck at the side of the road.
  • Long-distance truck drivers often use CB radio to talk to each other.
  • Hundreds of trucks full of fruit and vegetables trundle across the border each day.
  • The sheep were loaded onto trucks.
  • The car skidded and went out of control, crashing into an oncoming truck.

truckverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /trʌk/ us /trʌk/ mainly US
trucking
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtrʌk.ɪŋ/ us /ˈtrʌk.ɪŋ/ US UK road haulage

The railroads can't really compete with trucking companies.

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

"truck" in American English

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trucknoun [ C ]

us /trʌk/

a large vehicle with an open or covered space in the back to hold a load of goods

truck
verb [ T always + adv/prep ] us /trʌk/

Most supplies are trucked into the city, although some come by rail or plane.
trucker
noun [ C ] us /ˈtrʌk·ər/

Truckers spend long periods away from home.
trucking
noun [ U ] us /ˈtrʌk·ɪŋ/

Railroads have lost business to trucking companies.

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

"truck" in Business English

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trucknoun [ C ]

uk /trʌk/ us TRANSPORT

UK also lorry a large road vehicle that is used for transporting goods:

a commercial/delivery/tanker truck He drives a delivery truck for the furniture store.
a heavy/light/pick-up truck
Car and truck sales plunged 8% last month .

UK US car a part of a train that is used for carrying goods or animals:

a cattle/coal truck

a road vehicle that is open at the back, used for carrying goods or animals:

a cattle/horse truck

a small vehicle on wheels that you push or pull, used for carrying things:

Bring a hand truck to help unload boxes.

truckverb [ T ]

uk /trʌk/ us TRANSPORT

to transport something in a truck:

The wild, rod-caught salmon is trucked down from Loch Lomond.
Massive roof trusses were manufactured off site, trucked in, and placed by crane.
The soda pop is trucked 1,500 miles twice a month from bottling plants in Mexico.

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