transportation

noun
trans·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-pər-ˈtā-shən \

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 , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for transportation

Synonyms

lift, ride

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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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At the same time, emissions from the transportation sector rose 1 percent thanks to more airline travel and greater on-road shipping. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 – and it couldn’t happen at a worse time," 9 Jan. 2019 Single-stream recycling has a big advantage in transportation terms, as well. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Uber has weathered its worse crises and emerged a transportation staple in most major cities around the world. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 After signing on 400 people to its Early Rider program in 2017, Waymo launched a program this year to help connect Phoenix-area transportation agency workers to transit. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 London's Gatwick Airport, one of the biggest transportation hubs in the United Kingdom, was effectively shut down for nearly 36 hours due to drone interference near its runway. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "We Still Have No Idea How to Deal With Drones," 21 Dec. 2018 Johnson criticized the company for making no mention of the potential impact on the city’s crumbling public transportation infrastructure, aside from a plan to build a helipad. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 The quaint seaside village in Maine—which is located about 45 minutes from Portland and two hours from Boston—has a population of under 1,000 people and a public transportation system that relies solely on trolleys. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Perfect Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine," 24 Oct. 2018 Another is tangles in the transportation system that brain cells rely on to move nutrients and other substances that are necessary for your brain to function properly. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Facts About Alzheimer's Disease You Should Know," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of transportation

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transportation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transportation

: 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

transportation

noun
trans·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌtrans-pər-ˈtā-shən \

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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