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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Her students, girls and boys ages 12 to 17, often gather at places such as Neighborhood House, City on a Hill, the Milwaukee Urban League youth summit, Milwaukee Public Schools and Marquette Upward Bound, to ensure transportation is not a barrier. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We asked four black businesswomen how they got their start. Here's what they said.," 9 Aug. 2019 Mikey’s opinion about his little human sibling’s mode of transportation was quite a different story, though. Jen Juneau,, "Krysten Ritter Is a Mom! Actress Welcomes Son Bruce Julian Knight with Boyfriend Adam Granduciel," 8 Aug. 2019 Whether higher rates are pushing people to take other transportation is not yet clear. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Parking rates could hit $7 an hour in Penn Quarter, Chinatown," 4 Aug. 2019 Goma, a city of around two million people, sits on the border with Rwanda and acts as a busy transportation hub, running an international airport and overseeing around 15,000 border crossings each day. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "A second Ebola case in Goma—the first prompted an international emergency," 31 July 2019 The longest fault the researchers traced is the DFW Airport Fault, which stretches for 22 miles beneath one of the country’s busiest transportation hubs. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "Wastewater injection can make faults twice as likely to fail, quake study says," 25 July 2019 Goma is a major transportation hub, with roads and highways that lead to Rwanda. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The WHO finally declared a public health emergency over Ebola," 17 July 2019 Shutterstock Are federal transit officials delaying crucial funding for public transportation projects? Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Trump admin holding back billions in transit funding, say congressional critics," 17 July 2019 This week, the first case of Ebola was discovered in Goma, a transportation hub on the border of Rwanda. Gayle E. Smith, Time, "The U.S. Helped Defeat Ebola in 2014. Now, We’re Watching a Crisis Become a Catastrophe," 16 July 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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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