Definition of “subway” - English Dictionary

“subway” in British English

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subwaynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsʌb.weɪ/ us /ˈsʌb.weɪ/


  • Times Square is the nexus of the New York subway.
  • We looked on our map to find the nearest subway station.
  • I take the subway to work.
  • I left my bag on the subway.
  • I don't like to travel on the subway after dark.

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

“subway” in American English

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subwaynoun [ C ]

us /ˈsʌb·weɪ/

an underground, electric railroad in a city:

Take the subway to Times Square.

Br A subway is an underground passage that people who are walking can use to cross under a busy street.

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