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verb trav·el \ˈtra-vəl\

Simple Definition of travel

  • : to go on a trip or journey : to go to a place and especially one that is far away

  • : to go through or over (a place) during a trip or journey

  • : to move from one place to another

Full Definition of travel

trav·eled or trav·elledtrav·el·ing or trav·el·lingplay \ˈtra-və-liŋ, ˈtrav-liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to go on or as if on a trip or tour :  journeyb (1) :  to go as if by traveling :  pass <the news traveled fast> (2) :  associate <travels with a sophisticated crowd>c :  to go from place to place as a sales representative or business agent

  3. 2a (1) :  to move or undergo transmission from one place to another <goods traveling by plane> (2) :  to withstand relocation successfully <a dish that travels well>b :  to move in a given direction or path or through a given distance <the stylus travels in a groove>c :  to move rapidly <a car that can really travel>

  4. 3 :  to take more steps while holding a basketball than the rules allow

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1a :  to journey through or overb :  to follow (a course or path) as if by traveling

  7. 2 :  to traverse (a specified distance)

  8. 3 :  to cover (an area) as a commercial traveler

travel light
  1. :  to travel with a minimum of equipment or baggage

Examples of travel

  1. The birds are traveling south for the winter.

  2. His job requires him to travel frequently.

  3. She enjoys traveling around Europe.

  4. They traveled cross-country from New York to California.

  5. The pain traveled down his back.

  6. the way that sound travels in an empty room

  7. That car was really traveling when it passed us.

  8. The order is traveling by plane.

Origin of travel

Middle English travailen, travelen to torment, labor, strive, journey, from Anglo-French travailler

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with travel



noun trav·el

Simple Definition of travel

  • : the act or activity of traveling

  • travels : trips or journeys to distant places

Full Definition of travel

  1. 1a :  the act of traveling :  passageb :  a journey especially to a distant or unfamiliar place :  tour, trip —often used in plural

  2. 2 plural :  an account of one's travels

  3. 3 :  the number traveling :  traffic

  4. 4a :  movement, progression <the travel of satellites around the earth>b :  the motion of a piece of machinery; especially :  reciprocating motion

Examples of travel

  1. She doesn't enjoy foreign travel.

  2. Air travel was affected by the storm.

  3. The book discusses the future of travel in outer space.

  4. We extended our travels for another week.

14th Century

First Known Use of travel

14th century

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February 12, 2016

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