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



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


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.


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

Clark advised people traveling abroad to check out their vaccination status. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Measles cases surpass 1,000 in span of 6 months; medical experts worry about summer travel," 11 June 2019 The organization provides policies relating to pay and travel expenses to the city at the start of the contract, and resubmits any substantial changes, according to Rachel Pearson, spokeswoman for Experience Scottsdale. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale tourism executive tops metro Phoenix for pay. Some residents are asking why," 10 June 2019 The photographer worked for Life magazine and spent decades traveling the country to bring slices of life to the American reader each week. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Museum of Art exhibit shows the U.S. through the lens of celebrated photographer Alfred Eisentstaedt," 9 June 2019 For those traveling outside migrant caravans, that trip can cost as much as $10,000. Melissa Vida, New York Times, "For Central Americans, Fleeing to Europe May Beat Trying to Reach U.S.," 9 June 2019 From the offset, every touch the Ballon d'Or candidate made was met with a negative atmosphere from the travelling Three Lions faithful and despite spending the evening watching on from the sidelines, the young Reds defender couldn't understand it., "Joe Gomez Says Booing of Virgil van Dijk During Nations League Game 'Didn't Benefit' England," 8 June 2019 As a result, traffic passing from California to Washington DC often traveled to Shanghai first. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "BGP event sends European mobile traffic through China Telecom for 2 hours," 8 June 2019 Her research involved deploying a probe deep into the ice sheet to study how very low frequency (VLF) radio waves travel through the ice. Kristen Pope, Smithsonian, "Trailblazing Engineer Irene Peden Broke Antarctic Barriers for Women," 8 June 2019 Then this Tuesday President Trump made good on his threat to reinstate the ban on Americans’ traveling to Cuba. Jo Ann Skousen, WSJ, "Cubans Pay for Trump’s Travel Ban," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Baier added Biden, however, has a rougher road to travel when criticizing the president on the economy. Fox News, "Bret Baier: Joe Biden's Trump focus shows he's trying to be Dem 'nominee-in-waiting'," 12 June 2019 In 2009, Italian digital entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni started The Blonde Salad, a blog that was essentially a visual potpourri of her fashion choices and travel exploits. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Chiara Ferragni Tells Us How She Gets the 'Blonde' in The Blonde Salad," 12 June 2019 Late summer is one of the busiest times of the year for air travel, so the lost flights will hurt the airline — although Boeing (BA) is expecting to find ways to compensate airlines hurt by the Max grounding. Chris Isidore, CNN, "American Airlines has now canceled flights past Labor Day because of Boeing grounding," 10 June 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide Lamborghini provided air travel from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles and two nights in a hotel for this test track opportunity. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Lamborghini Huracán Evo is actually proof of intelligent design," 7 June 2019 There were eight travel clubs battling it out for the championship at Pembroke Lakes Park in Pembroke Pines. Emmett Hall,, "Plantation Stars shine bright in winning travel baseball title," 6 June 2019 Air travel has become a daunting hellscape of long lines, insane delays, and one anxiety-producing inconvenience after another. Olivia Harrison,, "Inside The High-End Secret Terminal Celebs Are Using At LAX," 6 June 2019 Finally, the Air Carrier Access Act governs air travel. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Grim Effect Delta's ESA Lawsuit Will Have on Travel," 4 June 2019 But taking carbon offsetting into your own hands can be a bit confusing, and arranging air travel is already cumbersome as is. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019

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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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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



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

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


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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