Meaning of TRAFFIC in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ træfɪk ]

( traffics, trafficking, trafficked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


Traffic refers to all the vehicles that are moving along the roads in a particular area.

There was heavy traffic on the roads...

...the problems of city life, such as traffic congestion.

N-UNCOUNT : also the N

see also traffic jam


Traffic refers to the movement of ships, trains, or aircraft between one place and another. Traffic also refers to the people and goods that are being transported.

Air traffic had returned to normal...

The railways will carry a far higher proportion of freight traffic...

N-UNCOUNT : with supp , usu n N

see also air traffic control


Traffic in something such as drugs or stolen goods is an illegal trade in them.

Traffic in illicit drugs was now worth some 500 thousand million dollars a year.

N-UNCOUNT : with supp , usu N in n


Someone who traffics in something such as drugs or stolen goods buys and sells them even though it is illegal to do so.

The president said illegal drugs are hurting the entire world and anyone who traffics in them should be brought to justice.

VERB : V in n

• traf‧fick‧ing

He was sentenced to ten years in prison on charges of drug trafficking.

N-UNCOUNT : usu n N

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