transportation

noun
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

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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This is followed by a breaking-in phase, where the realities sink in and start to blend and/or clash (see the above re: rodents, public transportation, and crying in public). Lucie Zhang, Vogue, "What Living in New York Teaches You About Love," 7 Feb. 2019 To handle its ever-increasing number of visitors, Germany is busy renovating sights and transportation, beefing up security and updating ticketing procedures for big attractions. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "What’s new in Germany and the Low Countries for 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 Who built our dream city with shiny, swooping public transportation, a walkable core, and skyscrapers made of brick, concrete and vibranium? Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Biking is one of the oldest modes of transportation around, dating back to the early 19th century. Popular Mechanics, "Get Ready to Ride This Spring with These Affordable Bikes," 23 Jan. 2019 Logistics and transportation networks have contributed increasingly to the region’s economy as container-port traffic has expanded there in recent years. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Shoppers Skip the Mall; Trade War Disrupts; Huawei Exports Blocked," 11 Jan. 2019 Although planes and cars are now the preferred method of transportation for most passengers, Bush always enjoyed traveling on the rails growing up. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "George H. W. Bush Will Ride to His Final Resting Place in a Train Made in His Honor," 6 Dec. 2018 As such, scooters are filling in gaps in transportation networks and addressing transit deserts. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The scooter stampede of 2018 is great news for urban transportation," 5 Dec. 2018 Use this week to make plans for Tuesday with a few friends, deciding on a time and mode of transportation. Marie Claire, "With One Week Until Election Day, the Boxers Share Advice and Insight," 30 Oct. 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 \

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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