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

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 The ship’s expedition team consists of 26 Antarctic experts, each specializing in a different fauna. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 16 Apr. 2024 Future expeditions to Antarctica to find meteorites should prioritize sites at lower elevations, Ms. Tollenaar said. Katherine Kornei, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Two years later, on August 23, 1628, John Felton, a disgruntled lieutenant who’d served in a disastrous military expedition led by George, stabbed the 35-year-old duke to death at an inn in Portsmouth. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 In November 2023, another Homeward Bound expedition set off for Antarctica with dozens of women on board. David Kushner, WIRED, 4 Apr. 2024 Deep-sea expedition captures stunning images of creatures in Pacific mining zone A part of the Pacific Ocean earmarked for deep-sea mining is home to a surprising variety of life. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 The company intends to launch another expedition this year with a camera that can identify features on the wreckage. USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 Sunreef founder Francis Lapp got the idea for his newest catamaran on a recent expedition with South African adventurer Mike Horn. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 3 Apr. 2024 As an eclipse came around, Jay could be found wearing his lucky orange pants and heading expeditions of colleagues, students (many of whom became professional astronomers and eclipse chasers themselves), tourists and friends to corners of every continent. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024

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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 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​pe·​di·​tion ˌek-spə-ˈdish-ən How to pronounce expedition (audio)
: a journey or trip undertaken for a specific purpose (as war or exploring)
: a group making such a journey
: prompt handling of what needs to be done
expeditioner noun

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