expedition

noun
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

Choose the Right Synonym for expedition

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

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The fox’s expedition, followed by scientists via a tracking device fitted in July 2017, is newly catalogued in the journal Polar Research. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Young Arctic Fox Traveled From Norway to Canada in 76 Days," 3 July 2019 And with days to go until the end of the two-week expedition, 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, a giant squid took the bait. The Washington Post, al.com, "Giant squid spotted in Gulf of Mexico in rare video," 24 June 2019 And with days to go until the end of the two-week expedition, 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, a giant squid took the bait. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Scientists capture historic video of a giant squid," 23 June 2019 And with days to go until the end of the two-week expedition, 100 miles southeast of New Orleans, a giant squid took the bait. nola.com, "Watch: Rare video of giant squid in Gulf of Mexico’s ‘midnight zone’," 23 June 2019 Abu Bakr II supposedly responded not by abandoning his dreams of exploration but by equipping a new and far larger expedition, this time involving two thousand ships and with himself in command. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Africa’s Lost Kingdoms," 17 June 2019 Adjany has participated in six different expeditions in the Okavango River Basin, studying the system's freshwater fish. National Geographic, "Botswana & Victoria Falls High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Bo Peep is the clear leader of the save-Forky expedition, with Woody her sometimes-bumbling sidekick. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Toy Story 4' doesn't need to exist, but in the end it's OK that it does," 15 June 2019 Many recreational mountaineers opt for package expeditions, relying solely on the experience of service companies and the help of porters and guides. Yana Wengel, Quartzy, "The deaths on Mount Everest prove adventure tourism is out of control," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of expedition

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

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expedition

noun

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

expedition

noun
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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