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 transportational (audio) , -​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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But the industry change is also motivated by a larger decline—the reversal of which will require new riders—and inclusion in a transportation infrastructure that seems to be pushing toward shared vehicle ownership and driver assistance. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Triumph Is Also Building an Electric Motorcycle," 16 May 2019 Coastal fuel transportation infrastructure and power plants can be threatened by sea level rise and storm damage. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US tries to bury report on climate change’s dire health, economic impacts," 26 Nov. 2018 Throughout the state, 126 roads remain closed, down from a peak of 2,500, said Mr. Trogdon, the transportation secretary. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Hurricane Florence’s Force Is Still Felt in North Carolina Weeks Later," 4 Oct. 2018 The Senate majority leader and the transportation secretary were the targets in the latest confrontation over this issue. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Get lost in Seattle’s map of ‘high weirdness,’ Supreme Court deals blow to labor unions | Wednesday Morning Brief, June 27," 27 June 2018 Hardshells are a bit heavier, but the shell adds more protection, both to the tent during transportation, and to you during inclement weather like sleet or thunderstorms. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Rooftop Tents for Far-Out (and Closer-to-Home) Adventures," 26 Apr. 2019 The average price for hiring a truck on the spot market, where companies book last-minute transportation, was down 13.4% in March compared with the same month in 2018, according to online freight marketplace DAT Solutions LLC. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Hit the Brakes in March," 2 Apr. 2019 The biannual event draws in an estimated $140 million in revenue for the city between hotel reservations, dining, transportation, and more. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 But that was sailing as transportation, not as adventure. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "This Silversea Muse Cruise is a Mediterranean Dream Odyssey," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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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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