Definition of right of way noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    right of way

    BrE BrE//ˌraɪt əv ˈweɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌraɪt əv ˈweɪ//
    (pl. rights of way) Controlling traffic, Hobbies, Driving
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  1. 1[uncountable] (especially British English) legal permission to go onto or through another person’s land Private property—no right of way. See related entries: Hobbies
  2. 2[countable] (especially British English) a public path that goes through private land a public right of way for walkers See related entries: Hobbies
  3. 3[uncountable] the right to drive across or into a road before another vehicle I had right of way at the junction. Whose right of way is it? See related entries: Controlling traffic, Driving
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