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 At that speed, something could travel from Earth to the Moon in about 40 seconds. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Astronomers Capture Best View Yet of a Black Hole Spaghettifying a Star," 19 Oct. 2020 While the government may stop just short of a return to a near-total lockdown, among the potential measures in play are closure of non-essential stores, the shuttering of all bars and limits on distances people can travel from home. John Follain, Bloomberg.com, "Italy Eyes New Virus Measures With London, Paris Under Curbs," 18 Oct. 2020 Preschools were allowed to reopen in the face of objections from teachers’ unions, people could travel freely and gather in groups of up to 10 indoors and 20 outside. Washington Post, "Israel ordered a second lockdown in response to coronavirus resurgence. It’s not going so well.," 18 Oct. 2020 In addition, sailors regularly travel on and off the ship during a deployment. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Two Sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt Test Positive for Covid-19," 17 Oct. 2020 Both travel on planes with a small number of staff and Secret Service. Arkansas Online, "Harris suspends travel after staffer tests covid-19 positive," 15 Oct. 2020 Signals in these lower bands travel relatively long distances, making the networks broadly available to hundreds of millions of customers. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How fast will Apple’s new 5G iPhones be?," 15 Oct. 2020 Both travel on planes with a small number of staff and Secret Service. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Kamala Harris suspends travel after staffer tests positive for coronavirus," 15 Oct. 2020 Both travel on planes with a small number of staff and Secret Service. Bill Barrow, chicagotribune.com, "Sen. Kamala Harris cancels travel plans after 2 people associated with campaign test positive for COVID-19," 15 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This will continue to impact travel across the region today and tonight. Star Tribune, "Winter Storm Warning For The Metro Until 10 PM," 20 Oct. 2020 The 2020 international board is not as comprehensive since many pilots were not able to compete due to travel restrictions, Don added. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Drone Racing's youngest pilot ranks fourth globally," 20 Oct. 2020 Spanish officials limited travel to and from some parts of Madrid before restrictions were widened throughout the capital and some suburbs. The Salt Lake Tribune, "As virus flares globally, new strategies target hot spots," 20 Oct. 2020 At that point, many states had instituted coronavirus lockdowns, air traffic from Europe, the U.K. and Ireland had ceased due to travel bans and U.S. airlines were still several weeks away from requiring all passengers to wear masks. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "More people flying? TSA hits screens 1 million daily passengers for first time since pandemic began," 19 Oct. 2020 The measures—which affect nearly 4.8 million people in the capital and nine surrounding towns—permit travel in and out of Madrid only for essential purposes such as work and medical care. WSJ, "As Covid-19 Roars Back in Europe, Governments Get Tougher on Rule Breakers," 19 Oct. 2020 Spanish officials limited travel to and from some parts of Madrid before restrictions were widened throughout the capital and some suburbs. CBS News, "As global COVID-19 infections pass 40 million, 2nd wave coronavirus restrictions more localized," 19 Oct. 2020 Spanish officials limited travel to and from some parts of Madrid before restrictions were widened throughout the capital and some suburbs. Arkansas Online, "As virus flares globally, new strategies target hot spots," 19 Oct. 2020 Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to avoid unnecessary travel, to cancel parties, and remain at home. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Record early voting. Democracy surge?," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for travel

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

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Last Updated

21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Travel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/travel. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for travel

travel

verb
How to pronounce travel (audio)

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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