\ 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

At one point on our tour, Caruso points to a large bird flying above the Manor House. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile Vermont’s Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, enjoying his own tour of the midwest, remains a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, thanks in part to voters who don’t seem to realize their taxes were cut. James Freeman, WSJ, "Sanders and Trump in the Midwest," 15 Apr. 2019 The doc covers Grande on her Dangerous Woman tour, but also dips into the era of her latest album, Sweetener. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "This week’s best from the web," 30 Nov. 2018 Sophie Turner is on a promotional tour for the forthcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie with her castmates Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, and director Simon Kinberg. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Wears a Teeny-Tiny Mugler Dress While Promoting X-Men: Dark Phoenix," 26 Apr. 2019 After releasing the video, Mr. Biden is expected to embark on a tour of early voting states and then... Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Joe Biden Set to Launch 2020 Presidential Bid as Soon as Next Week," 19 Apr. 2019 On February 6, 1952, 25-year-old Elizabeth got word of her father's death while on a Commonwealth tour of Kenya. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Remarkably Close Relationship With Her Father, King George VI," 5 Feb. 2019 Hop on a world tour of photographer Gray Malin’s aerial images of sunbathers, with umbrellas dotting the sand like technicolor punctuation. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Cohen has been on an ongoing apology tour of sorts since coming under legal scrutiny after the FBI raided his home, office, and hotel room in April, and Friday’s interview was a continuation of that. Emily Stewart, Vox, "“He directed me to make the payments”: Cohen says Trump instructed illegal hush money payments," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The retirement was allegedly part of a deal hashed out by former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, which agreed to a two-carrier purchase Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement yesterday while touring the Truman. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Navy Won’t Retire the USS Truman Early," 1 May 2019 With the van running, the two explored the red rocks of Sedona, AZ; touredYellowstone National Park; drove through Montana; and had an impromptu science class poking around tidal pools along California’s coastline. Kristin Hanes, Good Housekeeping, "Why This Single Mom Sold Everything to Give Her Son an Epic Education on the Road," 18 Apr. 2019 Advertising While touring the southern border in Arizona, Pence also said the administration wants to be able to return people more quickly to Central America and have more flexibility in detaining some migrants. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Senate leader McConnell wants bipartisan immigration talks," 12 Apr. 2019 Some couples have a clear vision of their wedding before touring a single venue. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 While touring Florida’s Lake Okeechobee Friday, Mr. Trump called on Mexico to stop asylum-seeking families from reaching the U.S. border. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Threatens to Close Border If Mexico Doesn’t Stop Illegal Entries," 29 Mar. 2019 For a busy day touring the city, think comfort meets versatility. Nicola Fumo, Town & Country, "What to Pack for an Irish Getaway," 4 Mar. 2019 After attending the christening of Prince Louis on Monday and celebrating the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force on Tuesday, the couple spent Wednesday touring Dublin to close out their two-day Ireland visit. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "People Can't Figure Out Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Need All These Water Bottles," 11 July 2018 Representatives from Boeing and Lockheed Martin are known to have toured the spaceport recently, which is a sure sign of interest from the aerospace bigs. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 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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