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motorway

noun [C] uk   /ˈməʊ.tə.weɪ/  us   /ˈmoʊ.t̬ɚ-/
A2 a wide road for fast-moving traffic, especially in the UK, Ireland, and some other countries, with a limited number of places at which drivers can enter and leave it: Because of the bad weather, motorway (driving) conditions are expected to be hazardous tonight.
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in Korean 고속도로…
in Arabic طَريق سَريع…
in Portuguese rodovia…
in Catalan autovia, autopista…
in Japanese 高速道路…
in Italian autostrada…
in Chinese (Traditional) 高速公路…
in Russian автомагистраль…
in Turkish otoyol, şehirlerarası yol, otoban…
in Chinese (Simplified) 高速公路…
in Polish autostrada…
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