ex·​pe·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce expedition (audio) \

Definition of expedition

1a : a journey or excursion undertaken for a specific purpose
b : the group of persons making such a journey
2 : efficient promptness : speed
3 : a sending or setting forth

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expeditioner \ ˌek-​spə-​ˈdi-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce expedition (audio) \ noun

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haste, hurry, speed, expedition, dispatch mean quickness in movement or action. haste applies to personal action and implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness. marry in haste hurry often has a strong suggestion of agitated bustle or confusion. in the hurry of departure she forgot her toothbrush speed suggests swift efficiency in movement or action. exercises to increase your reading speed expedition and dispatch both imply speed and efficiency in handling affairs but expedition stresses ease or efficiency of performance and dispatch stresses promptness in concluding matters. the case came to trial with expedition paid bills with dispatch

Examples of expedition in a Sentence

a scientific expedition to Antarctica an avid mountain climber, always on an expedition to some far-off corner of the world
Recent Examples on the Web She's now been admitted to several PhD programs in ornithology, which was the focus of her Earthwatch expedition. Ken Budd, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2021 Here are some of the most impressive ones to inspire your next expedition for when the time is right to conquer mountains again. Pavlo Fedykovych, CNN, 29 June 2021 The original cabin was also where Clark's brother, William Clark, met Meriwether Lewis ahead of their famous expedition to the Pacific coast. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2021 Ulysse Nardin embarked on its first expedition with Ocearch in August of 2020, where a team of scientists headed off the coast of Massachusetts to capture, study and release great white sharks in their own environment. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Nepal’s tourism department and the agency that organized their expedition ruled out any possible link to the coronavirus that is ravaging the small Himalayan country. New York Times, 13 May 2021 So Olson tied his expedition to a cause — raising money for the organization One Spirit to buy firewood for those on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, where many rely on wood stoves for heat and cooking. Mary Lynn Smith, Star Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 Bobby’s expedition ends after one day, but Mountain hopes the book will inspire generations of explorers to share his love of Balboa Park. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2021 This flight profile differs from Bezos' planned expedition aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket, which launches vertically from a secluded site in the Texas desert, southeast of El Paso. NBC News, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of expedition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of expedition was in the 15th century

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“Expedition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedition. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expedition

: a journey especially by a group of people for a specific purpose (such as to explore a distant place or to do research)
: a group of people who travel together to a distant place : a group of people who go on an expedition


ex·​pe·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce expedition (audio) \

Kids Definition of expedition

1 : a journey for a particular purpose a scientific expedition
2 : a group of people traveling for exploration or adventure

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