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


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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One of the most talked about transportation projects included in this year’s capital budget is $1.1 million to continue the expansion of the county’s bike trail network. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County to fund $20 million in road, sidewalk, traffic improvements," 13 July 2018 School District 300 is currently well supplied to meet its needs, transportation officials said. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin-area school districts still looking for bus drivers but don't expect start-of-school problems," 12 July 2018 While transportation emissions climbed that year, the board credits biofuels with limiting the damage. Lucas Laursen, Fortune, "California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early," 12 July 2018 The local authority was the first transportation agency to express interest in the road but the state agency subsequently said it, too, was interested. Kevin Spear,, "Central Florida toll-road operator to approve $678 million expressway across Bithlo, then shelve the plan," 29 June 2018 As a surge of investment transforms historic neighborhoods, Kansas City's transportation agency has an idea to connect pockets of redevelopment in the sprawling city. Allison Kite, kansascity, "How do you connect the Crossroads to 18th and Vine? KC agency looks for ideas," 26 June 2018 Caltrans has spent about $33,000 to post about 48 signs on roads and bridges getting makeovers with SB 1 money, said Melissa Figueroa, a state transportation agency spokeswoman. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "GOP candidate for governor John Cox spars with Democrats over repeal of gas-tax increase," 19 June 2018 The transportation agency’s current director, Jack Stephens, will retire from the $260,000 job at the end of December. Marci Shatzman,, "County commissioner Abrams steps down as chair of board overseeing Tri-Rail," 14 June 2018 Treasure Valley transportation agencies have studied the possibility of a commuter-rail system using existing railroad tracks between Boise and Caldwell. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Hey Boise: Salt Lake City has commuter rail, buses people use, and lessons for you," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of transportation

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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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