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 department of transportation did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the representatives’ demand. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 overhaul cost, schedule troubles get congressional scrutiny," 13 July 2018 If and when that happens, sales of electric cars, or other forms of transportation will take off. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Little Shared Vehicles," 29 June 2018 Cycling became his main mode of transportation, andhe promoted Bicycle Benefits, a program that gives cyclists special offers and discounts at local businesses. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Local bicyclist organizes '100 Days of Biking' hoping to get others to share the journey," 17 June 2018 Gannon also wants to change state law to allow highway districts to spend as much as 25 percent of registration fee money on public transportation infrastructure, such as dedicated bus lanes. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Ada County drivers, you subsidize big trucks — even though they damage roads more.," 11 July 2018 Income inequality is at unacceptable levels in Massachusetts and, at the same time, our transportation infrastructure is woefully inadequate and our schools are struggling to provide a quality education to every student. Jason Lewis,, "Should the Legislature revive the push for a millionaires tax?," 5 July 2018 The microtubules and ropelike filaments that form the cell’s transportation infrastructure feature helical structures, which are vital to their function. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "The Peculiar Power of Nature’s Left and Right," 5 July 2018 Florida’s leaders must develop a program to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Invest in transportation infrastructure or better schools, or ease relocation to more dynamic places? Neil Irwin, New York Times, "One County Thrives. The Next One Over Struggles. Economists Take Note.," 29 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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