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

Trump says Pompeo will be traveling to Saudi Arabia but did not say when. Washington Post, "The Latest: Saudis to invite global experts to investigate," 18 Sep. 2019 Trump says Pompeo will be traveling to Saudi Arabia but did not say when., "WASHINGTON — President Trump says it’s ‘‘looking like’’ Iran was responsible for the attacks on key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, but he says he doesn’t want war.," 17 Sep. 2019 The secretary of state, who returns September 19, will also be traveling to the United Arab Emirates. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Pompeo travels to Saudi Arabia amid fallout from oil facility attack," 17 Sep. 2019 Existing state law bases speed limits on how fast 85% of drivers are traveling through an area, giving cities little to no flexibility. Rachel Swan,, "Surge of critical injuries on SF’s streets mirrors spike in fatalities," 16 Sep. 2019 Immigration attorneys are now traveling into Mexico to help prepare them. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Immigrants wait for hearings in "tent courts" along the southern U.S. border," 16 Sep. 2019 According to Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko, the visit was a surprise; the Cup was traveling around St. Louis visiting hospitals that day, but it wasn’t supposed to appear on the same floor as his wife and new son. Joan Niesen,, "How Vladimir Tarasenko’s Son Took a Secret Stanley Cup Nap—Before the Blues Won," 16 Sep. 2019 Officer Guerra was traveling in the 3100 block of IH 610 Southbound and observed a silver Ford Mustang lined up next to a Dodge Charger. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 16 Sep. 2019 Two skydivers were traveling at 120 mph in free fall in the sky above an airfield in western England when they were almost hit by two US F-15 fighter jets out of a nearby air base. Wired, "New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Desperate to exercise the ghosts of remontadas past, Barcelona travel to Dortmund to begin their European campaign., "Dortmund vs Barcelona: 6 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Champions League Clash," 17 Sep. 2019 They also were convicted of civil right counts for depriving residents of their right to localized travel, but a federal appeals court later ruled that right is not recognized by the Supreme Court and tossed the convictions. Washington Post, "Convicts in ‘Bridgegate’ asking Supreme Court to toss case," 17 Sep. 2019 The law does allow some exceptions to the ban, including if it is required travel related to contracts signed before Jan. 1, 2017 or for the protection of public health, welfare or safety. Leada Gore |, al, "Iowa joins Alabama on California’s travel ban list," 17 Sep. 2019 Liverpool will open the defense of its title away to Napoli on Tuesday whilst Manchester City travel to Ukraine to take on Shakhtar Donetsk Wednesday. Ben Church And Christina Macfarlane, CNN, "Michael Owen tips English club to win Champions League again," 17 Sep. 2019 The South Beach festival charges hefty ticket prices to events (between $95 and $225), money that goes toward food, beverages, venues and paying for the travel and hotel accommodations of TV personalities, chefs and other talent. Michael Mayo,, "Fort Lauderdale lineup cut in half for SoBe Wine & Food Fest, while Palm Beach presence grows," 16 Sep. 2019 The investigation has detailed the use of union funds for lavish travel and personal spending by senior U.A.W. officials, including the president, Gary Jones. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "G.M. Strike: 50,000 Union Workers Walk Out Over Wages and Idled Plants," 16 Sep. 2019 Could there be an NBA team in China despite the travel that would be involved? Tim Reynolds,, "Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options," 16 Sep. 2019 The items have been grouped into categories representing Bourdain’s appetites for art, cooking, film, literature, travel and world culture. Paul Stephen,, "Anthony Bourdain’s estate getting auctioned; preview in New Braunfels," 16 Sep. 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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