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

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The first successful expedition to the South Pole, led by Roald Amundsen, had five men and dozens of dogs to carry supplies. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "One Man Successfully Crossed Antarctica Alone," 31 Dec. 2018 Oxalis, formed in 2011, started the first trekking and camping expeditions in that cave and several others. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 Each stopover is tailored to guest’s individual tastes by TCS World Travel’s expert expedition leaders so that each experience is truly singular. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Why an Around-the-World Private Jet Trip is the Only Way to Fly," 17 Aug. 2018 Thanks to the heroic acts of the Sherpas and expedition leader Kenton Cool, who gave Fogle his oxygen supply, the team reached the summit on May 16. Katy Scott, CNN, "The dangers of oxygen deprivation on Everest," 4 June 2018 This is the farthest road trip in Tigers' baseball history, so any LSU fans in the stands are likely to be players' parents or somehow related to Lewis and Clark expedition leaders. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "LSU feels it has nothing to lose in its NCAA regional journey up the Oregon Trail," 31 May 2018 Eric Terrill, an expedition leader with the nonprofit, said a team of researchers was able to narrow the hunt to a one-square-mile radius. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area airman has been missing since WWII. Now his plane has been found," 22 May 2018 The Aquarius is now chartered for a scientific expedition. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Study: Sexual torture widespread for migrants seeking Europe," 25 Mar. 2019 The pair met in 2016 while driving from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, India, a 3,418-mile, 16-day expedition that Venky helped plan. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of expedition

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

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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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