ex·​pe·​di·​tion ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce expedition (audio)
: a journey or excursion undertaken for a specific purpose
: the group of persons making such a journey
: efficient promptness : speed
: a sending or setting forth
expeditioner 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

Example Sentences

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 The expedition earned Nelson a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. Dewan Rai, Outside Online, 28 Sep. 2022 Nelson's body was eventually found and retrieved Wednesday, a spokesperson for Shangri-La Nepal Trek, the company that organized the expedition, told NBC News. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 28 Sep. 2022 The voice cast also includes Dennis Quaid as Searcher's famous explorer dad Jaeger, Jaboukie Young-White as Searcher's 16-year-old son Ethan, Gabrielle Union as pilot Meridian Clade, and Lucy Liu as Callisto Mal, the expedition's leader. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 The expedition begins at the request of Callisto Mal, president of Avalonia, voiced by Lucy Liu, who is also on the adventure. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Sep. 2022 The expedition consisted of two days of team mountaineering training and two days of climbing. Maria Morales, Baltimore Sun, 20 Sep. 2022 The 1897 expedition was ostensibly launched in retaliation for the massacre of a British diplomatic mission to Benin earlier that year. David Frum, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2022 The expedition was jinxed from the start, and was plagued by accidents, collisions, ice, a mutiny, and a deadly polar bear attack that left two men dead. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2022 The expedition became tragic as de Alvarado and his men became trapped in the Andes mountains. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
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 5 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition



ex·​pe·​di·​tion ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce expedition (audio)
: a journey for a particular purpose
a scientific expedition
: a group of people traveling for exploration or adventure

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Last Updated: 4 Oct 2022

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