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



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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Following the off day, the Tigers travel to clash with the Cleveland Guardians from Friday through Sunday at Progressive Field. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 This holiday classic returns to Louisville as Marie and her Nutcracker Prince travel to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 Their electrochemical signals travel along nerve fibers to the spinal cord and brain. Sliman Bensmaia, Scientific American, 16 May 2022 About 20 million people travel on the program every year. Kelly Laco, Fox News, 16 May 2022 To find food and water, families travel hundreds of miles, sometimes on foot, to cities and towns like Mogadishu and Doolow in the southern Gedo region. New York Times, 15 May 2022 The ladies travel to the Big Apple for Kandi’s Broadway show, but her gift bag generates unexpected buzz with her single friends. Rodney Ho, ajc, 15 May 2022 So many visitors travel the 100 miles from Manhattan by air that the tiny airport in the wealthy town of East Hampton has helicopters or planes landing or taking off every 90 seconds on some summer days. James Fanelli, WSJ, 15 May 2022 Many career nurses like Jones turned to travel gigs during the pandemic, when hospitals crowded with Covid-19 patients urgently needed the help. Hannah Norman, NBC News, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And the questions shifts from whether travel is possible to where to go next. Ashley Stahl, Forbes, 16 May 2022 In other cases, especially in the breakaway territories of eastern Ukraine, the travel to Russia was voluntary. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Land travel between districts and towns is so tough that many travelers and locals take puddle jumpers between the bustling towns of Belize City, San Ignacio, Placencia, and the cayes. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 With the exception of active winter sports destinations like Greek Peak ski resort near Cortland and Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua, winter travel is a niche preference that comes with challenges, namely, an obscene amount of lake-effect snow. Jessica Ritz, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Global travel is back—and so are the jet-setters who do it in the utmost style. Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 5 May 2022 The official said visa-free travel to Nicaragua was encouraging migrants to spend their life savings to pay smugglers for the journey, and added that some were falling prey to trafficking by criminal groups. New York Times, 3 May 2022 Time travel is deterministic and locally free, a paper says—resolving an age-old paradox. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2022 At that time, travel was already depressed because of the pandemic and winter storms led to thousands of cancellations. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of travel


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


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

History and Etymology for travel


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

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

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19 May 2022

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“Travel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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



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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