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

Keep scrolling for more

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

In his youth, the Russian writer Sergei Lebedev worked as a geologist, traveling north on expeditions to the mines and quarries that were abandoned after the fall of the Soviet Union. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: In the Archives of Personal History," 15 Mar. 2019 Definitely concealer, just because of traveling all the time. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Former 'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay Talks Colton, Life With Bryan, and Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 From their three-day royal visit to Morocco, to Meghan traveling to New York for a two-day baby shower with her close friends, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex haven't stopped. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's Buckingham Palace PDA Will Absolutely Slay You," 5 Mar. 2019 People reports the singer passed away on Saturday from complications from pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Pay Tribute to Contestant Janice Freeman, Who Has Died at 33," 4 Mar. 2019 Ryan D’Agostino: What don’t most future potential space tourists understand about the practicality of traveling to space? Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk: The Popular Mechanics Interview," 25 Feb. 2019 While the jury is still out on exactly how far germs can spread through the air, the CDC says that viruses like the flu can travel 6 feet as people cough, sneeze, and talk. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 For three months, a posse of about a dozen of us—all young, Black, and ambitious—lived together, worked together, traveled up and down the California coast together, and made a movie. Veronica Chambers, Marie Claire, "My favorite Black rom-coms are a reminder that falling in love isn’t a solitary affair.," 13 Feb. 2019 Rodriguez credits Carmen with inspiring her to travel and learn new cultures, religions, and languages. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Gina Rodriguez Says Feminism Is Shaping How Young Boys Think Too," 18 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Streamline your travel experience from the start by booking with a car rental company that's located at or near the airport. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "6 Rental Car Tips That'll Save You Time and Money on Your Next Family Trip," 1 Mar. 2019 Some insurance companies reimburse for travel, but ours does not. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Three Kids and a Health Crisis on One Paycheck," 21 Feb. 2019 To add to your travel experience, explore Marriott Moments. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Do Shanghai in 12 Hours or Less," 14 Dec. 2018 With 2019 just weeks away, the new year looks to be full of its own surprises, bringing new elements like biometrics and more (!) bag fees to the travel experience. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Marriott’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts two years ago helped it enter the travel-experiences business. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Booking a Hotel, Why Not Try Parasailing? Travel Websites Push Experiences," 6 Dec. 2018 Customers' interactions move through United's real-time decision engine, up and running since 2014, which gives them various product options to improve their travel experience. Alyson Behr, Ars Technica, "More than an auto-pilot, AI charts its course in aviation," 5 Dec. 2018 From makeup to skin-care, these little sanity savers can make a big difference in your travel experience. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "10 Travel-Friendly Beauty Products Makeup Artists Swear By," 5 Nov. 2018 There are ways, however, of getting a much better travel experience without paying top dollar. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to score luxury travel for less," 29 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'travel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about travel

Statistics for travel

Last Updated

22 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for travel

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for travel

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on travel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with travel

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for travel

Spanish Central: Translation of travel

Nglish: Translation of travel for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of travel for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about travel

Comments on travel

What made you want to look up travel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a shady place in a garden or forest

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!