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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There were few accessible transportation options, and seemingly just as few accessible bathrooms. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Marca Bristo, leading advocate for people with disabilities, dies at 66," 9 Sep. 2019 As a result, the US air transportation system is the safest in the world. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "American Airlines sabotage saga: What we know and safety questions answered," 6 Sep. 2019 Per Walk Score ratings, the surrounding area is moderately walkable, is convenient for biking and has a few nearby public transportation options. Hoodline, The Mercury News, "How much apartment will $4,000 get you in Sunnyvale?," 3 Sep. 2019 The companies’ universal promise — of an environmentally friendly transportation option — isn’t clear cut, either. Lauren Sloss, New York Times, "How to Travel Using an E-Bike or Scooter," 29 Aug. 2019 Americans should not be held back from full transportation options that should otherwise be available to them. Mike Lee And Jon Riches, Twin Cities, "Lee, Riches: The FAA needs to let flight-sharing take off," 12 Aug. 2019 But to ensure proper management of the city's newest and trendiest transportation option, the Department of Public Works will cap each company's scooter fleet at 350. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two more e-scooter operators, Bird and Spin, poised to hit the streets," 10 Aug. 2019 Bermuda’s various transportation options offer easy and fun solutions for getting around the island. Shiona Turini, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours In Bermuda," 9 Aug. 2019 Increase transportation options for people with disabilities. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Pete Buttigieg would improve rural health care," 9 Aug. 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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