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

Examples of expeditionary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the head of the Quds, or Jersualem, Force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, Soleimani led all of its expeditionary forces. Time, "President Trump Ordered Strike That Killed Top Iran Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Pentagon Says," 3 Jan. 2020 As the head of the Quds, or Jersualem, Force of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, Soleimani led all of its expeditionary forces and frequently shuttled between Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Author: Qassim Abdul-zahra, Zeina Karam, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad strike," 3 Jan. 2020 Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered the deployment of 3,000 service members, two fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing, two Patriot Missile batteries and one THAAD missile defense system, Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman said. NBC News, "Trump admin sending thousands more troops to Saudi Arabia," 11 Oct. 2019 The deployments include two fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing headquarters unit, two Patriot missile batteries and one air-defense unit operating a system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia to boost defenses against Iran," 11 Oct. 2019 The deployments include two fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing headquarters unit, two Patriot missile batteries and one air-defense unit operating a system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia to boost defenses against Iran," 11 Oct. 2019 The deployments include two fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing headquarters unit, two Patriot missile batteries and one air-defense unit operating a system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "U.S. to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia to boost defenses against Iran," 11 Oct. 2019 The expeditionary nature of the U.S. armed forces, designed to travel thousands of miles and accomplish dangerous missions, makes them in some ways well suited to respond. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Seriously Weaken the U.S. Military," 29 Oct. 2019 The deployments include two fighter squadrons, an air expeditionary wing headquarters unit, two Patriot missile batteries and one air-defense unit operating a system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD. BostonGlobe.com, "US to send additional troops to Saudi Arabia to boost defenses against Iran - The Boston Globe," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of expeditionary

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of expeditionary was in 1817

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8 Jan 2020

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“Expeditionary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expeditionary. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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expeditionary

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of expeditionary

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

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