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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Goods carried by a vessel or vehicle, especially by a commercial carrier; cargo.
  • noun A burden; a load.
  • noun Commercial transportation of goods.
  • noun The charge for transporting goods.
  • noun A railway train carrying goods only.
  • transitive verb To convey commercially as cargo.
  • transitive verb To load with goods to be transported.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To load or lade with goods or merchandise for transportation: often used figuratively.
  • To hire for the transportation of goods or merchandise.
  • To carry or transport as freight.
  • noun Short for freight-train.
  • Same as fraught.
  • noun The cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a ship; lading; that which is carried by water; in the United States and Canada, in general, anything carried for pay either by water or by land; the lading of a ship, canal-boat, railroad-car, wagon, etc.
  • noun The price paid for the transportation of goods or merchandise by sea; by extension, in the United States and Canada, in general, the price paid for the transportation of goods or merchandise by land or by sea.
  • noun In a more general sense, the price paid for the use of a ship, including the transportation of passengers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Employed in the transportation of freight; having to do with freight.
  • adjective a person employed by a transportation company to receive, forward, or deliver goods.
  • adjective See under Car.
  • adjective a railroad train made up of freight cars; -- called in England goods train.
  • noun That with which anything is fraught or laden for transportation; lading; cargo, especially of a ship, or a car on a railroad, etc.
  • noun The sum paid by a party hiring a ship or part of a ship for the use of what is thus hired.
  • noun The price paid a common carrier for the carriage of goods.
  • noun Freight transportation, or freight line.
  • transitive verb To load with goods, as a ship, or vehicle of any kind, for transporting them from one place to another; to furnish with freight

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Payment for transportation.
  • noun Goods or items in transport.
  • noun Transport of goods.
  • verb transitive To transport (goods).
  • verb To load with freight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun goods carried by a large vehicle
  • noun transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates
  • verb transport commercially as cargo
  • noun the charge for transporting something by common carrier
  • verb load with goods for transportation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English fraught, freight, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht; see aik- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English freyght, from Middle Dutch vracht, Middle Low German vrecht ("cost of transport"), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *fra- (intensive prefix) + Proto-Germanic *aihtiz (“possession”), from Proto-Indo-European *eiḱ- (“to possess”), equivalent to for- +‎ aught. Cognate with Old High German frēht ("earnings"), Old English ǣht ("owndom"). More at for-, own.

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