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

Examples of road map in a Sentence

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

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The road map recommended supporting the development of advanced microscopes, new types of instrumentation, and device fabrication techniques to support research in materials science, biology, medicine, and the environment. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Australian scientists welcome boosts in in new federal budget," 9 May 2018 In another move to boost transfers, the UC Academic Senate developed a road map of courses needed to enter 21 popular majors — a move aimed in part at helping transfer applicants avoid wasting time and money on unnecessary classes. Teresa Watanabe,, "UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students," 11 July 2018 How Louisville can lose to Boston College Louisville painted a pretty clear road map of how to lose to Boston College last year, and in fact, some other teams happened to follow it later in the season. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Boston College," 8 July 2018 Rolls Royce joined the list of household names to fire a warning shot about the cost of Brexit, turning up the heat on Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver a road map to a future economic relationship with the European Union., "Rolls Royce adds to Brexit alarm sounded by UK manufacturers," 5 July 2018 The Trump administration did not offer a road map for schools moving forward. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Trump administration moves to rescind Obama-era guidance on race in admissions," 3 July 2018 Revisiting their journey is akin to reading a personal road map of their lives together. Sophia Markoulakis, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Podolls are closing their SF store and family fashion label," 14 June 2018 Over nearly three hours, the boss of the Amazon Web Services unit walks the stage, revealing a road map of brand-new features Amazon itself plans to offer, a few of which inevitably compete with partners. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "‘You’re Stupid if You Don’t Get Scared’: When Amazon Goes From Partner to Rival," 1 June 2018 Trump and Kim would effectively be creating a road map for future negotiations, while offering up the usual diplomatic boilerplate. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s big summit with Kim Jong Un is officially back on," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of road map

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of road map was in 1741

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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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