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


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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The governor has a good deal of say over state policy decisions including transportation projects. Luke Broadwater,, "As governor, Larry Hogan's real estate business continues to thrive — prompting questions," 13 July 2018 Even though federal rules require most transportation projects to source steel domestically, the tariffs threaten to tighten demand and increase prices. Adam Vaccaro,, "Tariffs are making it more expensive to build in Boston — and that could push rents even higher," 12 July 2018 Like most other major transportation projects, the Grand Paris Express has run into major delays as well as cost overruns of its initial budget of about €25 billion ($29 billion). Shefali Anand, WSJ, "With Grand Paris Express, Paris Hopes to Expand Its Borders—And Metropolitan Might," 2 July 2018 The tolls also generate money for road maintenance and other transportation projects. Washington Post, "Virginia explores extending the 495 Express Lanes to the American Legion Bridge," 30 June 2018 Newman became the face of GOP anger over California’s new gas tax increase, passed by the Legislature last year to fund transportation projects. John Myers,, "California Senate welcomes new Orange County Republican, selected after voters fired the Democratic incumbent," 26 June 2018 California voters will decide this fall whether to overturn a recent increase to state gasoline and diesel taxes that has raised billions of dollars for road repairs and other transportation projects. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Gas tax repeal will go before California voters in November," 25 June 2018 And there are several major transportation projects – the Brent Spence Bridge and the Western Hills Viaduct included – that do not have funding. Hannah Sparling,, "You’re losing $2,000 a year to Cincy’s bad roads, a full work week stuck in traffic," 21 June 2018 The Phoenix money is a little more flexible but still must be spent on transportation projects. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "South Phoenix neighbors take light rail fight to City Council," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of transportation

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of transportation

: 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 \

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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