Pronunciation: (frāt),[key] —n. 1. goods, cargo, or lading transported for pay, whether by water, land, or air.
2. the ordinary conveyance or means of transport of goods provided by common carriers (distinguished from express): Shipping by freight is less expensive. 3. the charges, fee, or compensation paid for such transportation: We pay the freight. 4. (esp. in Britain) the cargo, or any part of the cargo, of a vessel; merchandise transported by water.
5. Chiefly Brit.transportation of goods by water.
6. See freight train. 7. Slang.cost or price, esp. when high: I'd like a larger house, but can't afford the freight.
—v.t. 1. to load; burden: a story heavily freighted with private meaning. 2. to load with goods or merchandise for transportation: It took all night to freight the ship. 3. to transport as freight; send by freight.