travel

verb
trav·el | \ˈtra-vəl \
traveled or travelled; traveling or travelling\ˈtra-və-liŋ, ˈtrav-liŋ \

Definition of travel 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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

Dave Sylvester, the organizing leader with Sheet Metal Workers Local 73, traveled with the mayor. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 The body styling has some compact cuteness that wraps around an upright format as tidy and functional as an American Tourister roller bag — ready to travel with a hard shell that feels secure and refined. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018 The 10-month-old traveling with her was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston after first being taken to Monroe County Hospital, Bittick said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "2 dead, 10-month-old seriously injured in Middle Georgia head-on crash," 12 July 2018 The boat will travel along the river and the lake, offering a top-shelf open bar and a full buffet from DeColores Pilsen. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 12 July 2018 Corey Lewandowski, once upon a time Trump’s campaign manager, got fired over his violent behavior toward women but is now cashing-in as a lobbyist and is still very much in Trump’s good graces, and even travels with the president to campaign events. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s administration is full of kooks and crooks because it’s led by Donald Trump," 11 July 2018 The key to traveling with cheese is to take a whole cheese. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Chèvre or Harbison? Cheesemongers Weigh In on The Best Cheese to Bring to a Picnic," 6 July 2018 The Alzheimer’s Association provides many resources on how to travel safely with the disease. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It’s Really Like to Travel With Alzheimer’s," 28 June 2018 In addition to traveling exhibitions in partnership with other museums around the world, the new V&A promises permanent Scottish Design Galleries chronicling the country’s rich history of design from the 15th century to today. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Guide to Dundee, Scotland—the First City Outside London to Get Its Very Own V&A Museum," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The inspector general estimated that the government spent nearly $1.2 million on Price's travel during his seven months in office. NBC News, "Watchdog: $341,000 wasted on travel for former high-flying HHS chief Tom Price," 13 July 2018 Casper also considered the effect the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the government in the lawsuit over the current version of the travel ban might have on the case before her. Akilah Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "In packed courtroom, lawyers spar over fate of ‘protected’ immigrants," 13 July 2018 Trump’s travel ban was later blocked by multiple federal judges. Maliha Kareem, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Travel ban's enduring hostility toward Muslims," 11 July 2018 One case was his travel ban on visitors to the U.S. from some majority Muslim countries. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "When Trump visits Britain, thousands of demonstrators plan to show him some resistance," 11 July 2018 Just last term, Justice Kennedy voted to uphold President Trump’s travel ban, despite the considerable evidence that it was intentionally directed at Muslims. Martha F. Davis, Fortune, "Why Brett Kavanaugh Is a Huge Threat to Minority Rights," 10 July 2018 And during the early days of President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries, Gee ordered the return of an Iranian man who was removed from the U.S. upon his arrival despite having a valid visa. Brian Melley, The Seattle Times, "Judge puts blame on Trump, Congress for immigration crisis," 10 July 2018 Trump has previously clashed with Khan on Twitter, criticizing the mayor’s response to a deadly terrorist attack in London last June and using it to justify his travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. Joseph Hincks, Time, "A Giant Inflatable 'Trump Baby' Will Fly Above London During the U.S. President's Visit," 6 July 2018 Lawfare‘s Quinta Jurecic does a close read of the U.S. Supreme Court opinion and dissents in Trump v. Hawaii, aka the Muslim travel ban case. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "The Law Is No Place for Ethics," 6 July 2018

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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

travels : trips or journeys to distant places

travel

verb
trav·el | \ˈtra-vəl \
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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