ex·pe·di·tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shən \

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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expeditioner \ˌek-spə-ˈdi-sh(ə-)nər \ 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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Three years after Long’s party returned home, expedition member Edwin James published the three-volume Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 The villain was introduced in the comics in 1987 by writer Len Wein and artist George Perez as a British anthropologist/heiress who gained cheetah powers after an expedition to an African jungle. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wonder Woman 1984' Director Shares First Look at Kristen Wiig's Villain," 27 June 2018 In English, entrada means an expedition or journey into unexplored territory. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s earliest Spanish descendants not forgotten," 3 May 2018 Sir Ronald Ross had just returned from an expedition to Sierra Leone. Rohan Deb Roy, Smithsonian, "Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism," 10 Apr. 2018 Gather at the beach on Fildes Bay to board motorized Zodiac boats for embarkation of your expedition vessel. Ashton Palmer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Antarctica," 5 Oct. 2016 The novel features a large cast of characters and ambitious set pieces: a catastrophic flood, a dance recital, a cherry-blossom-viewing expedition, improvisational haiku writing and excruciating family interviews with potential husbands. Francine Prose, WSJ, "Five Best: Francine Prose on Family Troubles," 12 July 2018 Battle of Azeroth will introduce two new continents, as well as gameplay features like island expeditions, in which players can compete against artificial intelligence bots in fulfilling objectives. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "The Entire History of World of Warcraft in One (Long) Video," 29 June 2018 On a recent morning run to several of Farah’s hot spots for a scouting expedition, a limit of trout, all measuring from 18 to 22 inches long, was landed by the guide and two anglers in about two hours. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Croaker season lights up speckled trout action at Baffin Bay," 28 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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