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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On the other hand, prices dropped 2.5% with each additional mile of driving distance between a house and the nearest highway on-ramp, indicating that, as with the Dutch study, proximity to transportation is desirable. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "To Boost Your Home’s Value, Live Near a Highway," 27 Nov. 2018 Here, Ford’s fleet management and transportation-as-a-service experts walked us through a typical day in the life of its autonomous vehicles. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford’s self-driving cars are really good, but are they good enough to win?," 15 Nov. 2018 Local council likes this plan Loganair operates the inter-islands flights on behalf of the Orkney Islands Council, which subsidizes transportation between the sparsely populated islands. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights," 18 Oct. 2018 Schleicher was charged with two count of felony aggravated drunk driving, two counts of misdemeanor drunk driving, no vehicle insurance, driving while license revoked (for DUI), and transportation of open alcohol while driving. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "'One of the worst DUI offenders in the US' arrested with liquor bottle in passenger seat: cops," 2 Oct. 2018 People who have challenges getting to their polling station (like older people, people with disabilities, or people who don't have easy access to cars or public transportation) might be dissuaded from voting or unable to. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "7 Last-Minute Things You Can Do to Make a Difference in the Midterm Elections," 2 Nov. 2018 Studies show that walking or biking to work (or taking public transportation, if those aren’t doable) can reduce overall stress levels and have a positive effect on a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "If Climate Change Is Causing You Anxiety or Even Grief, Experts Say You are Not Alone," 19 Oct. 2018 Jay Gonzalez is building his long-shot campaign around a levy on the endowments of nine private schools that would create revenue to invest in public transportation and relieve Boston-area congestion, among other things. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Tax the Ivory Tower," 7 Oct. 2018 Now, it's also added Santa Monica's public transportation to its apps, allowing people to make the most educated choice for their time and budget. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Curious About Lyft's Plans for the Future? Look to Santa Monica," 20 Sep. 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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