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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: road /roʊd/ 
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  1. 1
    a way that leads from one place to another, especially one with a hard surface that cars and other vehicles can use

    He was driving on the wrong side of the road.

    A cat suddenly ran into the middle of the road.

    All roads leading into the town are flooded.

    busy road (=road with a lot of traffic):

    The children have to cross a busy road to get to school.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to or happening on a road

      a road accident

      road traffic

      road safety (=safety when driving on or crossing a road)

    2. b.


      used in the names of some streets. The written abbreviation is Rd.

      They live on Lockwood Road.

    3. c.
      a street with buildings along one side or both sides

      I've lived on this road for twenty years.

      up/down/along the road (=farther on the road):

      There's a diner just up the road.

  2. 2
    a particular process or course of action

    Ella felt Don was leading her down a very dangerous road.


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This is the American English definition of road. View British English definition of road.