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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Sacagawea would prove invaluable to the expedition. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 The expedition would be a new way of challenging the blockade but also raises the possibility of more confrontation and violence as Israel bars any boats from Gaza reaching farther out than 6 miles into the Mediterranean Sea. Washington Post, "Israeli military: More than 25 mortar shells fired from Gaza," 29 May 2018 An expedition to Vinson Massif is cold, desolate, and success is not guaranteed. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Affordable Alternatives to the Seven Summits," 29 Mar. 2018 The expedition is part of the Global Reach Challenge to raise money for Marie Curie, a charitable organization that provides aid to people with terminal illnesses and their families. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Summits Aren't Enough for This Record-Seeking 72-Year-Old Explorer," 26 July 2016 The ascent took the team more than seven weeks—establishing base camp, a series of six smaller camps, and the final assault on the summit, the second attempt of the expedition, which was done over the course of three days. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "A Former Marine Tests the Best Headlamps," 6 Nov. 2018 This important expedition would influence the shape of the United States, on the map and as an economic power. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 Time on a ranch is part adventure expedition, part wellness getaway, and the options between luxurious and rugged are many. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "I Ditched My Phone for a Montana Cattle Drive (and Finally Dealt With My Feelings)," 3 Oct. 2018 Allert adds that Moldova’s emerging creativity, combined with a strong dedication to quality, leads to inviting shopping expeditions in Chișinău. Alia Akkam, Vogue, "Why Moldova Is a Wine Destination Worth Knowing Now," 27 Sep. 2018

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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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