\ ˈtu̇r How to pronounce tour (audio) , sense 2 is also ˈtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio) \

Definition of tour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a journey for business, pleasure, or education often involving a series of stops and ending at the starting point also : something resembling such a tour a tour of the history of philosophy
b : a series of professional tournaments (as in golf or tennis)
c : a brief turn : round
2a : a period during which an individual or unit is on a specific duty or at one place a tour of duty
b : one's turn in an orderly schedule : shift


toured; touring; tours

Definition of tour (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a tour of
2 : to present (something, such as a theatrical production) on a tour

intransitive verb

: to make a tour

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Synonyms for tour

Synonyms: Noun

hitch, stint, tenure, term

Synonyms: Verb

journey, peregrinate, pilgrimage, travel, trek, trip, voyage

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Examples of tour in a Sentence


We went on a tour of Italy. They went on a driving tour of New England. They went on a tour of the city. We were taken on a tour of the school. We went on a guided tour of the museum. They gave us a tour of their new house. during his tour in Vietnam He served a tour of duty in Germany.


We'll tour the museum tomorrow. We toured around for several weeks last summer. “Are you here to study?” “No, I'm just touring.” Is the band touring this year? The show has toured the country.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

President Donald Trump is also coming to Milwaukee Friday – for a fundraiser and tour of Derco Aerospace Inc. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police Chief Alfonso Morales says undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin should have driver's licenses," 11 July 2019 The town struck deals for more direct flights with a budget airline and Bourdeu embarked on an international promotional tour. Chris O'brien,, "A rebirth for Lourdes, France, driven somewhat by the saintly life of Bernadette," 11 July 2019 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool Under-18's duo Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel are set to join the senior side's pre-season tour, and insisted that they will be given an opportunity in friendly matches., "Jurgen Klopp Insists Liverpool Youngsters Will Get Opportunity to Impress on Pre-Season Tour," 10 July 2019 Since 2016, Neimann has showed his support of the military by playing several USO tours, performing for thousands of troops in 13 countries. Andrew Jensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Nashville hit-maker Jerrod Neimann returns to Alaska with 3 shows and a salute to troops," 10 July 2019 While the players could be back in time for games next week, U.S. Soccer announced a five-game victory tour following the World Cup win, which will pull the U.S. players away from their NWSL teams. Jamie Goldberg,, "Will support for the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Team carry over to the National Women’s Soccer League?," 10 July 2019 Some may want to try the Fountain of Youth Eco/Heritage boat tour or rent a canoe or kayak. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida Springs Guide: De Leon Springs State Park," 10 July 2019 Next is singer Ed Sheeran, whose past tour grossed over $600 million worldwide over two years. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner, Kanye West make Forbes' list of 100 highest-paid entertainers," 10 July 2019 But federal tax returns and a financial disclosure show that since Biden left public office, his income has surged thanks to a lucrative book deal and constant publicity tours that brought in more than $4 million. Stephen Braun, The Denver Post, "“Middle Class Joe” Biden earned more than $15 million after leaving White House," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Slaughter, who toured the site Tuesday morning shortly before the afternoon hearing, said the ultimate goal is to remove the shingles. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas judge says recycling company behind 'Shingle Mountain' in Dallas has acted in 'good faith' in cleanup," 2 July 2019 The team keeps it in a cheap IKEA frame, and holds it up for close inspection by visitors who tour the distillery. Alyson Krueger, Town & Country, "Sipsmith Gin is the Only Gin Served in the House of Commons," 2 July 2019 Lawmakers who toured the facilities shared their experiences widely on social media. Washington Post, "Graphic, sexually explicit Facebook posts roil Border Patrol," 2 July 2019 Lawmakers who toured the facilities shared their experiences widely on social media. Cedar Attanasio,, "Sexist posts and comments mocking migrant deaths in secret Border Patrol Facebook group are ‘completely inappropriate,’ top agency official says," 1 July 2019 Details shared by attorneys who toured the Clint facility included children sleeping on concrete, being fed inadequately, going without basic sanitation and older children caring for younger children. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Donations Are Not Accepted at Border Patrol Facilities Housing Children. The Public is Sending Them Anyway," 26 June 2019 The founders, Autavia Bailey and Tamara Marrow, are professional dancers who have toured and performed with the likes of Sean Paul, Rihanna and Diddy. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Tired Of The Gym? Unique Dance Fitness Classes Near You," 4 June 2019 The Oldest: Nicole Richie On September 21, 1981, Nicole was born to her biological parents, Peter Escovedo (a drummer who toured with Lionel for a brief period of time) and Karen Moss. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question About 'American Idol' Judge Lionel Richie's Famous Kids, Answered," 6 Apr. 2019 April Corley was a champion roller skater who had toured the world with Madonna and recently had met the love of her life. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "American Survivor of Egyptian Attack on Tourists Aims to Halt Boeing Sale," 1 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of tour


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1708, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for tour


Middle English, from Anglo-French tur, tourn turning, circuit, journey — more at turn

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English Language Learners Definition of tour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a journey through the different parts of a country, region, etc.
: an activity in which you go through a place (such as a building or city) in order to see and learn about the different parts of it
: a series of related performances, appearances, competitions, etc., that occur at different places over a period of time



English Language Learners Definition of tour (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a journey or trip through an area or place : to make a tour of (something)
: to travel from place to place to perform, give speeches, etc.


\ ˈtu̇r How to pronounce tour (audio) \

Kids Definition of tour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a trip usually involving a series of stops and ending at the point where it started a tour of the city
2 : a fixed period of duty


toured; touring

Kids Definition of tour (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a tour of : travel as a tourist

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