expeditionary

adjective
ex·​pe·​di·​tion·​ary | \ ˌek-spə-ˈdi-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce expeditionary (audio) \

Definition of expeditionary

: of, relating to, or being an expedition also : sent on military service abroad an expeditionary force

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Its expeditionary forces already have served in Afghanistan and as peacekeepers in Kosovo. Washington Post, "UAE’s campaign for Yemen port city a test of ‘Little Sparta’," 18 June 2018 Its expeditionary forces already have served in Afghanistan and as peacekeepers in Kosovo. Washington Post, "UAE’s campaign for Yemen port city a test of ‘Little Sparta’," 18 June 2018 But in six decades of space exploration, super-heavy rockets found no other jobs other than launching astronaut-carrying spacecraft such as the lunar expeditionary ships and space shuttles. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Rocket Project Might Resurrect a Soviet-Era Colossus," 24 July 2018 The first disappeared when an Ottoman expeditionary corps comprised mostly of Turkish and Albanian soldiers seized the Saudi capital of Diriya, on the outskirts of Riyadh, on Sept. 11, 1818. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Long Struggle for Supremacy in the Muslim World," 26 Oct. 2018 Queen Elizabeth and her sister ship, HMS Prince of Wales, each will embark 12 to 36 F-35Bs at a time, forming the tip of the spear of British expeditionary forces. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.K. F-35s Will Use Strange Rolling Carrier Landings," 16 Oct. 2018 Its expeditionary forces already have served in Afghanistan and as peacekeepers in Kosovo. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "UAE's campaign for Yemen port city a test of 'Little Sparta'," 19 June 2018 And this is the thing about expeditionary journalism in general. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Vox Editor at Large Ezra Klein on Recode Media," 14 June 2018 This system can support the equivalent of a brigade-sized expeditionary unit, with voice, text and data traffic at up to 30m bits per second (bps). The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018

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1817, in the meaning defined above

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expeditionary

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of expeditionary

: relating to an expedition
: sent to fight in a foreign country

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