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

To keep the project covert, even from Snowden’s many hard-core admirers, publishers had reportedly used code names in their internal documents, and at least one of his literary assistants traveled to visit him under a cover story. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Edward Snowden’s Novel Makeover," 17 Sep. 2019 Baker Mayfield’s pass traveled about 10 yards and Beckham sprinted the rest of the way to the end zone. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns Postgame Scribbles: Keeping Odell healthy, more offense needed," 17 Sep. 2019 That’s in addition to the fact that Trump often stays at his own properties when traveling and has strongly advised government officials and foreign lobbyists to do so as well. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump Administration ‘The Most Corrupt Administration Of Our Lifetimes’," 16 Sep. 2019 Israel places onerous security restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank that prevent many from traveling abroad, visiting friends and family in Jerusalem or the Gaza Strip. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 Belik previously participated in a team that broke the Guinness World Record for the longest journey on a kick-scooter in 24 hours by a team, traveling a collective 1,600 miles. Author: Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News, "Israeli filmmaker documents fishing experience," 16 Sep. 2019 The family church has turned into a capitalistic behemoth that travels abroad to ludicrously baptize people in wave pools. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Tragicomedy of the American Dream," 16 Sep. 2019 Blaine Wilmotte was in a truck traveling south on I-5 when a railcar trapped him for 90 minutes. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment," 14 Sep. 2019 People travel miles to shoot a video with him, hoping to ride up the TikTok charts on his coat-tails. Snigdha Poonam, 1843, "This Indian TikTok star wants you to know his name," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And for sure, things like easier access to fast-travel, one-button refills of all available ammo at shops, and the ability to pull yourself up to ledges or slide out of a run are all nice. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 Keep up-to-date on the latest in food, travel, the great outdoors … and more. Fox News, "Trump calls for resignations at NY Times over Kavanaugh story; Netanyahu's challenge in repeat election," 17 Sep. 2019 After leaving the river, the fish turn north and travel to the North Pacific, near the Aleutian Islands. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’," 16 Sep. 2019 The Browns travel to New York to face the Jets on Monday Night Football. Scott Patsko,, "Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets: Prediction poll for Week 2," 16 Sep. 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Napoli on Tuesday, looking to build on a mightily impressive start to the season and kick off their defence of the Champions League with the best possible result in Naples., "Napoli vs Liverpool: Picking a Combined XI Ahead of Their Champions League Clash," 16 Sep. 2019 In Newton, Jada’s been surrounded by affluent students who’ve had their confidence and curiosity honed by years of private tutoring, family travel, enrichment classes, and bedtime reading sessions., "ada Pierre is tiny, her ambition drawn taut as a bowstring. The 16-year-old daughter of Haitian immigrants wears her hair in a small bun atop her head, her emerging political consciousness finding its voice in the bevy of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo stickers she’s pasted to her MacBook.," 15 Sep. 2019 The Dash next travel to Cary, N.C., to face the Courage in their next game on Tuesday. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Sofia Huerta sends Dash past Royals," 13 Sep. 2019 Paying for travel, paint, practices, equipment, jerseys, markers on your own without sponsors could run you thousands, according to Iannucci. Darcel Rockett,, "Paintball fever arrives with NXL Chicago Open: 'Think capture the flag meets chess meets action sport’," 13 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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