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 The change also resulted in some passengers traveling with unlicensed drivers, including one whose license was previously revoked by TFL. Washington Post, "Uber loses license in London over safety, vows to appeal," 26 Nov. 2019 The change also resulted in some passengers traveling with unlicensed drivers, including one whose license was previously revoked by TFL. Kelvin Chan, Anchorage Daily News, "Uber loses license to operate in London over safety," 25 Nov. 2019 The change also resulted in some passengers traveling with unlicensed drivers, including one whose license was previously revoked by TFL. Kelvin Chan, USA TODAY, "Uber loses license to operate in London over safety," 25 Nov. 2019 The change also resulted in some passengers traveling with unlicensed drivers, including one whose license was previously revoked by TFL. CBS News, "Uber loses license in London over safety in "shocker" decision," 25 Nov. 2019 Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Irving wouldn’t travel with the team to Cleveland on Monday, but wasn’t sure yet about Wednesday in Boston. Brian Mahoney, courant.com, "Dinwiddie scores 30 as Nets edge Knicks," 24 Nov. 2019 Marshals said Kately traveled to Delaware with someone who had relatives nearby. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "He escaped from jail in Missouri. Now he's been captured 1,000 miles away in a makeshift bunker," 22 Nov. 2019 In mid-October, investigators narrowed their search down to New Castle, Del., where Kately was believed to have traveled with an associate who had relatives in the area. Fox News, "Escaped Missouri inmate caught living in makeshift hut 'off the grid' in Delaware, investigators say," 22 Nov. 2019 Cindy Crawford also sported a pair while traveling, typically with a thick belt — a look Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber has more recently made her own. Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Has Mastered the Art of the “Non-Fashion” Fashion Jean," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The titles that cross our desks span the subjects near and dear to us—science, history, art, world cultures, travel and innovation. Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian, "The Best Books of 2019," 27 Nov. 2019 As expected, all that terrible winter weather has thrown a wrench in holiday travel, and most of the country can expect more ugliness today. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for November 27: Impeachment, weather, China, cannabis, animal law," 27 Nov. 2019 High winds Wednesday limited travel across the Mackinac Bridge and delayed the first ferry trip from St. Ignace, as a Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry broke free and crews tried to retrieve it. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Mackinac Island ferry breaks free in windy northern Michigan," 27 Nov. 2019 The contract between the major leagues and minor leagues expires after 2020, and MLB suggests slashing teams would improve the remaining players’ living conditions and allow for stadium upgrades and easier travel. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball’s silly idea to eliminate Giants’, A’s farm teams, among others," 26 Nov. 2019 The National Weather Service has advised travelers to avoid travel across the Cascades Tuesday afternoon through the evening. oregonlive, "Portland metro Portland traffic: Hazardous driving conditions hit Oregon holiday travelers," 26 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, private schools could offer top-flight competition, commitment to the football program and assistance with travel and tuition based on need. Ralph D. Russo, chicagotribune.com, "National powers, fewer players define California football," 25 Nov. 2019 Satechi is known for a wide variety of accessories for computers, travel and even cars. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Save on Satechi's latest compact Bluetooth keyboard," 25 Nov. 2019 Those chosen for the program also receive a one-year stipend to cover salary and fringe expenses as well as travel and other accommodations necessary to support fellows in their full-time commitment to the launch of a new school. Anna Beahm | Abeahm@al.com, al, "2 Alabama charter school founders chosen for fellowship," 25 Nov. 2019

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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

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Travel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/travelling?show=0&t=1390502937. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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