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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transportational \ ˌtran(t)s-​pər-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce transportational (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 But the picture emerging in major cities across the world suggests that public transportation may not be as risky as nervous New Yorkers believe. Christina Goldbaum,, "Is the subway risky? It may be safer than you think.," 2 Aug. 2020 If public transportation is a must, then leave distance between you and the next person as much as possible. Brooke Henderson, Fortune, "Health experts on how to run errands safely during coronavirus," 30 July 2020 The federal agency investigates civil aviation accidents as well as significant accidents for other modes of transportation. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, "Leaking tank car secured after Tempe freight train derailment," 29 July 2020 But even with fewer students on campus, bus transportation would be especially challenging — with 12 students on a buses that previously held 50. Washington Post, "Montgomery County students could start classes remotely, return to campus gradually in the fall," 11 July 2020 Right now, taking a flight seems to be the riskiest mode of transportation. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Risky Is It to Take a Road Trip, Train Trip, or Flight Right Now?," 11 July 2020 The number of guests allowed in will also be significantly reduced during the first phase of the reopening, and capacity will be reduced on attractions, various modes of transportation and in restaurants and retail stores. Gabrielle Chung,, "Walt Disney World Unveils Cinderella Castle's Makeover Ahead of Park Reopening Date," 8 July 2020 Using a balloon as a method of transportation means that the leisurely round-trip journey from takeoff to splashdown will be approximately six hours, with about two hours spent at the 100,000-foot cruising altitude. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, "This New Company Wants to Send You to the Edge of Space in a High-tech Balloon," 7 July 2020 These distances may not seem too far, but transportation is a barrier for Rayeford and the majority of residents in the area. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "This neighborhood was struggling. Then its only grocery store closed in the pandemic," 1 July 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

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“Transportation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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