travel

verb
trav·​el | \ ˈtra-vəl How to pronounce travel (audio) \
traveled or travelled; traveling or travelling\ ˈtra-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce travel (audio) , ˈtrav-​liŋ \

Definition of travel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to go on or as if on a trip or tour : journey
b(1) : to go as if by traveling : pass the news traveled fast
(2) : associate travels with a sophisticated crowd
c : to go from place to place as a sales representative or business agent
2a(1) : to move or undergo transmission from one place to another goods traveling by plane
(2) : to withstand relocation successfully a dish that travels well
b : to move in a given direction or path or through a given distance the stylus travels in a groove
c : to move rapidly a car that can really travel
3 : to take more steps while holding a basketball than the rules allow

transitive verb

1a : to journey through or over
b : to follow (a course or path) as if by traveling
2 : to traverse (a specified distance)
3 : to cover (an area) as a commercial traveler
travel light
: to travel with a minimum of equipment or baggage

travel

noun

Definition of travel (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act of traveling : passage
b : a journey especially to a distant or unfamiliar place : tour, trip often used in plural
2 travels plural : an account of one's travels
3 : the number traveling : traffic
4a : movement, progression the travel of satellites around the earth
b : the motion of a piece of machinery especially : reciprocating motion

Examples of travel in a Sentence

Verb The birds are traveling south for the winter. His job requires him to travel frequently. She enjoys traveling around Europe. They traveled cross-country from New York to California. The pain traveled down his back. the way that sound travels in an empty room That car was really traveling when it passed us. The order is traveling by plane. Noun She doesn't enjoy foreign travel. Air travel was affected by the storm. The book discusses the future of travel in outer space. We extended our travels for another week. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Directed by Tushar Tyagi, the film is the story of an American Indian gay couple who travel to India to adopt a child living with HIV in an orphanage. Patrick Frater, Variety, 9 June 2022 Ice roads over frozen water, once the only way to travel in some remote regions, are available for ever-shorter periods. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 8 June 2022 Lawsuits and safety advocates allege that the tires were designed for delivery trucks and not for recreational vehicles that travel at highway speeds. CBS News, 8 June 2022 Lawsuits and safety advocates allege that the tires were designed for delivery trucks and not for recreational vehicles that travel at highway speeds. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2022 Lawsuits and safety advocates allege that the tires were designed for delivery trucks and not for recreational vehicles that travel at highway speeds. Arkansas Online, 7 June 2022 Zachary said that there are serous gardeners, or those who like to see the works of other serious gardeners, who travel the world specifically for such tours. cleveland, 4 June 2022 The new law will also protect patients who travel to Connecticut for abortions and shield Connecticut providers from being prosecuted in states from which patients have traveled. Harriet Jones, Hartford Courant, 3 June 2022 Officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among people who didn’t travel to Africa, where monkeypox is endemic. The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First, travel is on the rebound — and demand is higher than anyone expected. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2022 While many detractors doubt that such travel will soon be viable, affordable or safe, the industry is working with cities to make the technology a reality in the next five years. Rachel Urangastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 The travel industry has responded to our collective angst. Kelley Manley, ELLE, 14 June 2022 Those in the local travel industry echoed hopes for a boost in Bay Area visitors. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 June 2022 Despite rising prices, the travel industry is experiencing a revival after two rough years. Chris Morris, Fortune, 10 June 2022 The travel industry expects huge demand this summer as coronavirus restrictions have been rolled back. Editors, USA TODAY, 30 May 2022 Among them: a retired travel industry executive who has alleged voter fraud at nursing homes. Megan O’matz, ProPublica, 25 May 2022 Air travel has been far from smooth this season so far. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 11 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of travel

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for travel

Verb

Middle English travailen, travelen to torment, labor, strive, journey, from Anglo-French travailler

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Last Updated

12 Jun 2022

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“Travel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/travel. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for travel

travel

verb
trav·​el | \ ˈtra-vəl How to pronounce travel (audio) \
traveled or travelled; traveling or travelling

Kids Definition of travel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to journey from place to place or to a distant place
2 : to get around : pass from one place to another The news traveled fast.
3 : to journey through or over We're traveling the countryside.

Other Words from travel

traveler or traveller noun

travel

noun

Kids Definition of travel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or a means of journeying from one place to another Air travel is fast.
2 : journey entry 1, trip often used in pl. I've collected many souvenirs from my travels.
3 : the number journeying There is heavy travel around Thanksgiving.

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