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

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The fate of the Franklin expedition remains an enduring mystery almost 175 years later. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian, "Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terror," 30 Aug. 2019 The fate of the sailors and Royal Marines on the Franklin expedition continues to captivate historians. Fox News, "Incredible images reveal 'frozen-in-time' shipwreck HMS Terror," 29 Aug. 2019 The expedition is going to finish on August 31, 2019. Mary Anne Potts, National Geographic, "This is what it's like to swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch," 20 Aug. 2019 During his many years in the US Navy both before and after the Mariana Trench expedition, Walsh went through a lot of leadership training. Georgia Frances King, Quartz at Work, "Being a successful leader in the age of automation comes down to a simple mantra," 16 Aug. 2019 Xavier played with pace, turning the Spanish gyms in Madrid and Barcelona into race tracks with basketball hoops at each end, which is something Steele alluded to prior to the expedition. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Xavier's Spanish voyage: Are the Musketeers returning a better team?," 15 Aug. 2019 The expedition observed large marshes of a pitch-like substance, bubbling and boiling. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fossilized teeth of Ice Age predators yield clues to why certain species survived," 6 Aug. 2019 Junipero Serra, religious leader of the Spanish expedition of 1769 had been here 15 days. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: How San Diego celebrated its 200th Birthday," 16 July 2019 The expedition’s route was often lost beneath these reservoirs, and its crossing of the Colorado River has since been drowned by Lake Powell. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of expedition

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

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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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