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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transportational \ ˌtran(t)s-​pər-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce transportational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The money will help pay for agricultural workforce housing, field sanitation, and employer-provided transportation, among other measures. oregonlive, "9 contract COVID-19 at Bob’s Red Mill as state officials respond to food processing outbreaks," 2 June 2020 Likewise, during this pandemic, economic loss has been disproportionately in sectors affected by the lockdowns, like the transportation, entertainment and recreation, and hospitality industries. Sree Ramaswamy, Fortune, "What history can teach us about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic," 1 June 2020 The bigger, wider conversation is housing, transportation, criminal justice reform, would be examples of it. Sarah Haselhorst,, "'We can't just say everything is fine.' Council members respond to protests," 30 May 2020 Earlier this month, it was revealed that New York City would start testing out ultraviolet lamps in an attempt to rid public transportation, such as subway cars and buses, of coronavirus. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Can UV Light Actually Kill Coronavirus?," 29 May 2020 As for public transportation, where social distancing is often impossible, different tactics are being implemented to keep people safe and separated. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Travel Will Change," 29 May 2020 They are expected to impact everything from transportation, to food service, to classroom seating arrangements. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit schools, universities look to reopen with an eye on safety," 28 May 2020 Of the plan’s 97 action items, 19 address transportation, the largest category. Dallas News, "Dallas City Council unanimously approves city’s first climate action plan," 27 May 2020 Those blue states – which share high population density, colder weather, more public transportation – have about half of all cases, but only a third of the nation’s population. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Georgia reopens, is it creating a model for America?," 26 May 2020

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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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5 Jun 2020

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“Transportation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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