traffic

noun
1 vehicles going somewhere
ADJECTIVE
bad, bumper-to-bumper, busy, congested, heavy, terrible

The traffic was terrible on the way here.

light
fast, fast-flowing
slow-moving
stop-and-go (AmE)
passing

She waved her arms at the passing traffic, pleading for someone to stop.

automobile (AmE), lorry (BrE), motor, road, truck (esp. AmE), vehicle, vehicular
foot, pedestrian
air, airline

an air traffic controller

boat, maritime, river, sea
rail, railroad (AmE), railway (BrE)
freeway (in the US), highway (in the US), interstate (in the US), motorway (in the UK)
commercial, freight, goods, industrial, passenger
city, city-centre (BrE), downtown (AmE), local, town-centre (BrE), urban
international
commuter, tourist
morning, rush-hour
holiday
oncoming

I stood waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic.

through

Through traffic is directed around the bypass.

northbound, southbound, etc.
inbound, outbound
one-way, two-way
… OF TRAFFIC
stream
VERB + TRAFFIC
generate, increase

Building larger roads could generate more traffic.

cut, reduce
slow down
block, disrupt, hold up, obstruct, snarl, stop, tie up

Traffic was held up for six hours by the accident.

control, direct
divert
avoid, beat

We set off early to beat the traffic.

navigate

The driver calmly navigated the heavy traffic.

watch
TRAFFIC + VERB
build up, thicken (esp. AmE)

Traffic was already building up as early as 3 p.m.

grow, increase

Traffic has increased by 50% in ten years.

clog sth

Traffic clogs the streets of the city.

thin (esp. AmE)

Traffic thins noticeably after 9 a.m.

flow, move, speed, travel

The road is being widened to keep traffic moving.

go by, pass
stop
head

We joined the traffic heading north.

roar, rumble
TRAFFIC + NOUN
accident
fatality
hazard

Sheep are a traffic hazard in the hills.

chaos, congestion, delays, disruption, hold-ups, jam, problems, queues (BrE), snarl (esp. AmE)
fumes, pollution
noise
flow, speed

Widening the road would improve traffic flow.

levels, volume
calming (BrE), management, restraint, safety
sign, signal
laws, legislation, regulations
court (AmE)
system
offence/offense (esp. BrE), violation (esp. AmE)
ticket (= an official notice to pay a fine) (AmE)
camera
stop (AmE)

The cop was shot during a routine traffic stop.

bollard (BrE), circle (AmE), cone, island

A traffic island at the junction separates left- and right-turning vehicles.

artery (formal), route
lane
information, report, survey, update
cop, officer, police, policeman, warden (BrE)
engineer, planner (BrE)
duty

a policeman on traffic duty

PHRASES
the volume of traffic
2 messages, signals, etc.
ADJECTIVE
radio, telephone
data, voice
network
email, Internet, Net, search-engine, site, Web, website

Our company will help you generate site traffic.

targeted

These tips should help you generate more targeted traffic to your website.

real-time
inbound, incoming
outbound, outgoing
VERB + TRAFFIC
boost, build, generate
receive, send
attract, draw
carry
handle, manage
monitor
encrypt
redirect, re-route, route
TRAFFIC + VERB
flow
grow, increase
TRAFFIC + NOUN
pattern
load
capacity
3 illegal buying and selling of sth
ADJECTIVE
illegal
arms, drug
international
PREPOSITION
traffic in sth

the traffic in arms


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