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 Today in booming Texas, many millions of newcomers live side by side with the descendants of old Texas families, like the ones Hardinge met on her expedition. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "‘The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion’ is unlike any other art exhibition," 14 Feb. 2020 One of the highlights of the expedition is an afternoon in the Maasai village where Nkuraiya lives, meeting her and learning about her work. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "How One Kenyan Woman Is Fighting Female Genital Mutilation," 12 Feb. 2020 Glaisher really did struggle to raise funding for his expeditions from the Royal Society. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Aeronauts brings the joy and perils of Victorian ballooning to vivid life," 7 Dec. 2019 Wren’s partner in her airborne expedition is James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), a meteorologist who was actually present for the record-breaking flight. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Aeronauts Falls Flat," 7 Dec. 2019 The team participated in hiking expeditions, zodiac cruises, and visited global research stations. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis woman is first Hoosier in all-female, 3-week Antarctic expedition," 16 Jan. 2020 Returning from a crabbing expedition, the Pacific Miner faced 12- to 14-foot breakers and flipped upside down, trapping its three crew members in the cabin. oregonlive, "Luck and quick action save 3 crabbers after boat capsizes in Coos Bay," 16 Jan. 2020 The expedition that uncovered the true size of the Arabian Sea dead zone used autonomous deep-sea submarines. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Our Oceans Are Full of Vast Dead Zones Without Oxygen," 11 Dec. 2019 Recent years have brought more research expeditions, which has allowed them to discover loads of previously unknown information about the species. Elizabeth Wolfe And Brian Ries, CNN, "A shark-tracking app showed 6 great whites off Florida's coast. Experts say 'tis the season," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of expedition

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

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The first known use of expedition was in the 15th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Expedition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expedition. Accessed 24 Feb. 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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