transportation

noun
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

Synonyms

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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That comes as Uber goes head-to-head with Lyft in a war to become the one-stop shop for transportation. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Tuesday, July 10," 10 July 2018 Who’s behind it: Republicans, including some national groups, who argue the state has redirected other money intended for transportation and can use its surplus instead. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 The principals of Hasty, Knox, Liberty and R.M. Moore Elementary Schools, Freedom and Teasley Middle School and Cherokee High School are authorized to work with the club for transportation at the club’s expense. David Ibata, ajc, "Cherokee schools OK partnership with Boys & Girls Club," 29 June 2018 Each letter, limited to 700 words, would be written on regular stationery, then photographed (after clearance by government censors); that image was transferred to a roll of microfilm for transportation. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 The Transportation Department is working with the FDNY to investigate the incident, a transportation official said Monday. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "FDNY Mourns the Loss of ‘Model’ Rookie," 7 Jan. 2019 In order to be competitive, Waymo will need to take into account what people are willing to pay for their transportation. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 For homeless services, homeless housing, and for transportation. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Eyeing a 2020 run, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti explains how he (or someone else) could beat Trump," 17 Oct. 2018 Road builders and transportation officials often say that what happens to cars in construction zones is not their liability. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of transportation

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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transportation

noun

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

transportation

noun
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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