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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pompeo had planned to travel to Brussels for meetings with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and other officials, including a stop in Luxembourg. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "The armed forces come under scrutiny as law enforcement arrests insurrectionists with military backgrounds," 13 Jan. 2021 This exhibit, which will cover the National Mall up to 13th Street, will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington for the inauguration, the inaugural committee said. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Obama, Bush and Clinton to join Biden for wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery after inauguration," 11 Jan. 2021 President Donald Trump is expected to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday to highlight his administration's work on the border wall, the White House said Saturday. Kevin Freking, Chron, "Trump to visit U.S.-Mexico border to laud border wall," 10 Jan. 2021 The wintry weather did disrupt the country’s soccer league, with some teams unable to travel for games. Aritz Parra, BostonGlobe.com, "Unusual snow kills 4, brings much of Spain to a standstill," 9 Jan. 2021 President Donald Trump is expected to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday to highlight his administration's work on the border wall, the White House said Saturday. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, "Trump to visit U.S.-Mexico border to laud border wall," 9 Jan. 2021 His subsequent investigations led him to travel not only throughout India but also to London on a British Council Fellowship and other cities, broadening his horizons. New York Times, "Sunil Kothari, Eminent Scholar of Indian Dance, Dies at 87," 6 Jan. 2021 American Airlines will no longer allow emotional support animals to travel on its planes other than as carry-on pets or in the cargo. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "American Airlines bans emotional support animals," 5 Jan. 2021 Trump is trying to mobilize a show of strength that could intimidate lawmakers who certify the result, exhorting his supporters to travel to Washington for mass protests Wednesday. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump divides Republican Party on his way out of office with push to overturn election," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new declaration renews the state’s COVID-19 Outbreak Health Orders, which include travel restrictions and seafood industry protocols. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy extends state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration to aid vaccine distribution," 15 Jan. 2021 The divisions are realigned: The closing of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential travel necessitated the formation of an all-Canada division. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "The NHL is set for a strange season. Here's why it will be among the most unusual in history.," 12 Jan. 2021 The storm had caused serious disruptions or closed over 650 roads, according to Spain’s transit authorities, which urged people to stay indoors and avoid all non-essential travel. Aritz Parra, BostonGlobe.com, "Unusual snow kills 4, brings much of Spain to a standstill," 9 Jan. 2021 The land border between the U.S. and Canada has been closed to non-essential travel since March. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "New coronavirus strain from the UK appears in Canada, a few hours away from Detroit," 28 Dec. 2020 Matyas is hopeful that the stay-at-home order and restrictions on non-essential travel may deter more people from traveling and gathering for Christmas and New Year’s, but it’s all conjecture at this point. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "Charts compare coronavirus crisis in each Bay Area county as holidays begin," 24 Dec. 2020 Still, only essential travel to those countries is allowed from the U.S. 3. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Covid-19 Holiday Travel Planned? Here’s What You Need to Know About Flying," 24 Dec. 2020 No indoor mixing of households will be allowed, and only essential travel will be permitted. Fox News, "UK travel bans strand more than 1,500 France-bound trucks as governments work to reopen border," 23 Dec. 2020 Earlier on Tuesday, the European Commission called on member states to reopen critical trade and passenger transport links to the U.K. while discouraging non-essential travel. Ania Nussbaum, Fortune, "France agrees to reopen border after U.K.’s trucking route to Europe paralyzed over mutant virus fears," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for travel

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The first known use of travel was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Travel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/travel. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for travel

travel

verb
How to pronounce travel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of travel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to go on a trip or journey : to go to a place and especially one that is far away
: to go through or over (a place) during a trip or journey
: to move from one place to another

travel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of travel (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or activity of traveling
: trips or journeys to distant places

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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