road map


Definition of road map 

1 : a map showing roads especially for automobile travel

2a : a detailed plan to guide progress toward a goal

b : a detailed explanation

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Examples of road map in a Sentence

Did you bring a road map? a road map to peace

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The government has convened a group of 21 businesses and organizations to draw up a road map that will transform the flying car from sci-fi fantasy to traffic-crushing reality, Bloomberg reports. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Japan Is Asking Some Major Companies to Make Flying Cars Real," 24 Aug. 2018 Taken together, the entire plan provides a road map toward helping conserve the species in greatest need and outlines priorities for the next 10 years. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Polishing a gem: Plan aims for St. Clair-Detroit River system improvements," 10 July 2018 And offering some kind of road map to retirement would calm the restiveness among ambitious members who are pushed to either rebel or leave the House. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 At best, the meeting will likely provide a road map for future talks, each round of which will require difficult and complex negotiations. Andy Sharp,, "Here’s What to Watch for When Trump and Kim Meet," 11 June 2018 This report, issued by the National Research Council, is based on input from the science community and provides a road map for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, which includes the Astrophysics Division and Earth Science Division. Hanneke Weitering,, "Cutting NASA Science Missions 'Can Set a Dangerous Precedent,' Congressman Warns," 7 Mar. 2018 When you’re diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, there’s a road map: There are hundreds of other survivors who explain how the treatment will work and how to deal with your side effects. Kara Wahlgreen, Good Housekeeping, "How Metastatic Breast Cancer Changed My Definition of “Hope”," 24 Sep. 2018 But a housing program unlike any other in the country could provide a road map for getting to a more lasting solution. Aubrey Whelan,, "Philadelphia clears its heroin camps this week. This housing program could be a key," 29 May 2018 The conference aimed to forge a political road map that would restore order in Libya, where lawlessness has fed Islamic militancy, human trafficking, and instability in the wider region. Sylvie Corbet And Elaine Ganley,, "Libyan rivals agree to Dec. 10 elections despite unrest," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of road map

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of road map

: a map that shows the roads in a particular area

: a plan for achieving a goal

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