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traffic

traf·fic

traffic

 
 
pronunciation:
trae fihk
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the movement of pedestrians and vehicles along a transportation route.
synonyms:
travel
similar words:
conveyance, movement, passage, transit, transport, transportation
definition 2: the pedestrians and vehicles that move along such routes.
 
similar words:
drivers, motorists, travelers
definition 3: trade, esp. when illegal.
drug traffic
synonyms:
dealings, trade
similar words:
bootlegging, business, commerce, congress, running, smuggling, truck
definition 4: trade between different nations.
synonyms:
commerce, trade
similar words:
business, buying, congress, dealings, exchange, selling, transactions
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: trafficked, trafficking, traffics
definition 1: to carry on trade or commerce.
synonyms:
deal, trade
similar words:
bargain, barter, buy, exchange, sell
definition 2: to deal in a specific commodity, esp. illegal items.
They were arrested for trafficking in drugs.
synonyms:
deal, trade
similar words:
bargain, barter, bootleg, buy, exchange, hustle, peddle, sell, smuggle
derivations: trafficless (adj.), trafficker (n.)
Word History
Traffic comes from an Italian word that means "to carry on trade." By 1825, the word "traffic" was being used for people or vehicles coming and going along a road.
Word Builder: traffic +
  • traffic cop:
    a police officer whose job is to direct traffic.
  • traffic jam:
    a large number of vehicles in a road that causes traffic to slow or stop.
  • traffic light:
    a box with three lights near a road. The red light means vehicles must stay in place. The yellow light means vehicles must stop. The green light means vehicles may move forward.
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