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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Other Words from expedition

expeditioner \ ˌek-​spə-​ˈdi-​sh(ə-​)nər How to pronounce expeditioner (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 In 1954, Pakistan’s K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, reached the summit. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 31 July 2020 Money, money, money etting a vaccine approved is not just a scientific expedition. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "‘A huge experiment’: How the world made so much progress on a Covid-19 vaccine so fast," 30 July 2020 On the final push of the 1924 expedition, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine went missing. Mark Synnott, National Geographic, "Our team climbed Everest to try to solve its greatest mystery," 16 June 2020 The company is negotiating the delay of delivery of 16 ships currently on order – 14 ships and two expedition ships, across its brands, Donald said. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "'Staggered resumption': Carnival Corp. will not make full return until 2022," 10 July 2020 This story and the expedition were supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The tree at the bottom of the world—and the wind-blasted trek to find it," 7 July 2020 To conclude their expedition, the team helicoptered back to Khatanga, then booked passage in a cargo plane, because a commercial flight would have been too expensive. Matt Simon, Wired, "The Epic Siberian Journey to Solve a Mass Extinction Mystery," 6 July 2020 Still, the new French king sent another expedition in 1838 with 12 warships to force the Haitian president’s hand. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 Sullivan was a part of a roughly 5-hour expedition this week that went 10,925 meters below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Kathy Sullivan becomes first person to walk in space and reach ocean's deepest point," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of expedition

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

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“Expedition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedition. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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