trans·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-pər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce transportation (audio) \

Definition of transportation

1 : an act, process, or instance of transporting or being transported
2a : means of conveyance or travel from one place to another
b : public conveyance of passengers or goods especially as a commercial enterprise
3 : banishment to a penal colony

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Other Words from transportation

transportational \ ˌtran(t)s-​pər-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce transportation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of transportation in a Sentence

the transportation of troops overseas She arranged for the transportation of her furniture to her new apartment. He was the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Reagan.
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Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, there is scientific data galore that demonstrates risk when using public transportation and additional data that supports masks and distancing. Kent Sepkowitz, CNN, 23 July 2021 Changing work, life and commuting habits have thrown public transportation's future into question. Elliott Ramos, NBC News, 22 July 2021 Mass transit advocates in the United States are calling for pandemic relief funds to be put toward public transportation. New York Times, 22 July 2021 Some officials hope the project will be a turning point in the region’s efforts to make public transportation a better alternative for residents. Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2021 Media, staff and officials staying in hotels can’t use public transportation, eat in restaurants, visit tourist sites or even walk on the street for their first 14 days. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2021 No restaurants, no public transportation, no walking around. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 There will be daily testing, restrictions on movement within and outside of Olympic venues, with dedicated vehicles shuttling athletes to and from venues to avoid public transportation., 21 July 2021 Public transportation can take you to nearby sites such as Salem and Cape Ann, too. USA TODAY, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of transportation

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of transportation was in 1540

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26 Jul 2021

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“Transportation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of transportation

chiefly US : the act or process of moving people or things from one place to another
: a way of traveling from one place to another place
: a system for moving passengers or goods from one place to another


trans·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌtrans-pər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce transportation (audio) \

Kids Definition of transportation

1 : an act, instance, or means of carrying people or goods from one place to another or of being carried from one place to another
2 : public carrying of passengers or goods especially as a business

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