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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If the city wants to rely on scooters as a mode of transportation, then scooters should be treated and respected, Bullard said. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas could add more limits on scooter rides to address safety risks," 13 July 2019 As modes of transportation continue to evolve, Burbank officials have been studying ways bicyclist and pedestrian safety can be improved throughout the city. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Burbank study aims to create safer streets for pedestrians, bicyclists," 12 July 2019 Ram Pendyala, a professor of transportation in civil engineering at Arizona State University, said cities that want to make meaningful reductions in their pedestrian fatality totals need to consider significant redesigns of their largest streets. Agnel Philip, azcentral, "Phoenix's deadly streets became even deadlier in 2018. What's the city going to do about it?," 11 July 2019 In the world of transportation, low oil prices likewise point to disaster. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency," 11 July 2019 During a ceremony Monday at the Milwaukee Public Market, Gov. Tony Evers touted the importance of different modes of transportation and stressed that local governments would have the power to regulate scooters. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 While most of us love to travel, keeping our belongings safe and secure can be a hassle no matter the mode of transportation. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "These Osprey Packs Make Perfect Travel Companions, And They're On Sale Today," 8 July 2019 Park draws heavily from big cities, all of which voted Democratic in the 2016 presidential race and many of which are far enough away where air travel is the most likely means of transportation. Dante Chinni, NBC News, "Liberals and Conservatives even vacation differently," 7 July 2019 The children need their vaccinations, and the family has no form of transportation. Abigail Brone,, "Local doctor’s book about ‘good Nazi’ made into documentary film," 5 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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