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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People who have challenges getting to their polling station (like older people, people with disabilities, or people who don't have easy access to cars or public transportation) might be dissuaded from voting or unable to. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in the Midterm Elections," 2 Nov. 2018 Studies show that walking or biking to work (or taking public transportation, if those aren’t doable) can reduce overall stress levels and have a positive effect on a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "If Climate Change Is Causing You Anxiety or Even Grief, Experts Say You are Not Alone," 19 Oct. 2018 Jay Gonzalez is building his long-shot campaign around a levy on the endowments of nine private schools that would create revenue to invest in public transportation and relieve Boston-area congestion, among other things. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Tax the Ivory Tower," 7 Oct. 2018 Now, it's also added Santa Monica's public transportation to its apps, allowing people to make the most educated choice for their time and budget. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Curious About Lyft's Plans for the Future? Look to Santa Monica," 20 Sep. 2018 The company that is doing the actual moving is Omega Morgan, of Hillsboro, Oregon, which specializes in large-scale transportation. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Talk about a ‘superload’! Check out what’s crawling along Washington highways," 18 Sep. 2018 Reuters Alphabet Transport CNBC has an interesting piece on the many ways in which Alphabet is investing in transportation, from self-driving vehicles to flying cars. David Meyer, Fortune, "GE Arrest, Glencore Buyback, Trump's Invasion Curiosity: CEO Daily for July 5, 2018," 5 July 2018 Patrick Marseille, 46, who works in special transportation for the Charlotte Area Transit System, hops a scooter almost daily from his North Davidson job to an uptown gym during the time between his split morning and afternoon shifts. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "'Saw a guy riding down the sidewalk... texting on his phone.' Here come the scooters.," 14 June 2018 Among the key goals of the testing program are lowering the costs and improving the reliability of batteries used in transportation. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio R&D center gets new car battery testing facility," 9 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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