travel

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

Surveys from recent years have shown as many as two-thirds of Americans would be uncomfortable with the idea of traveling in an autonomous vehicle, and somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of Americans are uncomfortable with them on the road at all. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Self-Driving Light Trucks Will Be Allowed on California Roads," 13 Apr. 2019 Salih spoke to The Associated Press in an exclusive interview in Baghdad on Friday, a day before traveling to Tunis to attend an annual Arab summit meeting. Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Seattle Times, "Iraqi leader says there’s ‘consensus’ on US troops presence," 30 Mar. 2019 This will give you a chance to see if your dog suffers from motion sickness or exhibits any nervous or anxious behaviors about traveling. Laurren Welch, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Road-Tripping With Your Dog," 31 Jan. 2019 This little gem of YA science-fiction is told in six vignettes, starting just a few years from now and ultimately arriving in traveling to a very distant future. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Nail brush: Even the cleanest of campers get dirt under their fingernails, so opt for a nail brush ($5.49 for a pack of four)—it’s especially helpful when traveling with the kiddos. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 The latest is called cortical spreading depression, which refers to a spontaneous electrical wave that travels through the brain’s cortex. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Since Calvin was born, the couple looks to be as solid as ever, traveling across the country together, going out for the occasional date night, golfing, and so much more more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside 'Today' Show Star Dylan Dreyer and Her Husband's Adorable Marriage," 30 Mar. 2019 Sound Transit said its buses traveling on SR 520 were seeing delays up to 30 minutes. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Buses no longer using Seattle’s transit tunnel; Monday commutes test new routes," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our favorite thing about living on the road is slow travel. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 The travel and fitness blogger recently visited colorist Daniel Tetreault, aka @HairLikeaBoss on Instagram, to lighten her already-blonde strands and ended up going for a super-cool, Nordic-style white shade. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Nordic White Hair Color Is Trending on Instagram, and We're Here For It," 28 Mar. 2019 For most, when trapped midair at the three-point line, the play would’ve ended in a travel or turnover. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s the future of basketball’: Federal Way’s Jaden McDaniels has become one of the best in nation," 20 Feb. 2019 Its recent purchase of Belmond, which runs the Orient Express, gives it a foothold in the fast-growing luxury travel and hotel business. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Gucci Still Looks Nouveau Riche to Investors," 12 Feb. 2019 Here’s why these pants are my new favorite wardrobe staple for adventure travel—and for being temporarily stranded without your luggage 8,000 miles from home. Gray Chapman, SELF, "The Pants That Got Me Through 3 Days of an Active Vacation Without My Luggage," 26 Jan. 2019 On a lighter note, abundant Jupiter will support you in a fellow fire sign, bringing opportunity in travel, education and media throughout 2019. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Find Out What 2019 Has In Store For Your Zodiac Sign," 27 Dec. 2018 Some part of roofs, balconies, things like that blown off making the roads very treacherous for travel. Fox News, "Woman who knew Kavanaugh in high school speaks out," 14 Sep. 2018 As part of the new partnership, Sunday Riley is cooking up three tiers of amenity kits featuring a handful of never-before-seen, travel-size products. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Good News, Frequent Flyers: Sunday Riley Is Launching a Skin-Care Kit With United Airlines," 2 Apr. 2019

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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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travel

verb

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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