trav·​el | \ ˈtra-vəl How to pronounce travel (audio) \
traveled or travelled; traveling or travelling\ ˈtra-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce travel (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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Russia used Belarus as a staging ground in its invasion, and the U.S. government has wanted citizens not to travel to Belarus and closed its embassy there due to its involvement in the invasion. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 The oldest Webster sib is seen hanging with her grandmomager, Kris Jenner, as well as her Auntie Khloé as the women travel via private jet to New York 36 hours before the Most Important Monday in May. Sam Reed, Glamour, 5 May 2022 There are countless fat people around the world who exercise, fall in love, travel the world, and live lives that prove that false narrative wrong on a daily basis. Allure, 4 May 2022 Jen Rose Smith is a pastry chef-turned-writer whose work explores travel, adventure and food. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 But Russia has blockaded those ports, meaning that Ukraine’s total commodity exports must travel by rail, barge, or truck. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 4 May 2022 Fasthost checked some stats on Statista to see how far your fingers travel on mobile apps. Chandra Steele, PCMAG, 4 May 2022 The all-expenses paid golf tour with players travel, accommodation and meals comped, tees off in June at Cog Hill Golf Club in Chicago and culminates in the Curry Cup at TPC Harding Park, just 11 miles from the Warriors’ arena, at the end of August. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Their studies have repeatedly found that cases of missing Black people, children and adults alike, are covered less often than whites and their stories don’t travel as widely through the nation’s newsrooms. Gina Barton, USA Today, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hong Kong, too, appears to be walking back its previous zero-COVID protocols, with curbs easing on businesses and travel. Time, 6 May 2022 Out of necessity, when travel came to a halt, the retail industry embraced a hybrid approach to fashion shows and B2B wholesale e-commerce in addition to the established practice of B2C selling. Kristin Savilia, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Gil Saidy, president of Aer Travel, has been in the business of arranging corporate travel for nearly 40 years, and in the past few months his firm has seen the volume of companies booking trips double. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 While there are countless U.S. destinations vying for a spot on your calendar, one top travel destination sticks out among the rest — Orlando, Florida. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 6 May 2022 Shifts in consumer habits, including more money being spent on services such as dining and travel, could also affect shipping demand. Costas Paris, WSJ, 6 May 2022 While slower demand in China will continue to be important for oil prices, demand in the rest of the world is continuing to surge, as countries move past pandemic-era restrictions and industries such as travel reopen. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 5 May 2022 As the guns and heavy artillery have fallen silent on both sides of the border, residents hope India and Pakistan will soon allow cross-LoC travel, tourism, and trade to resume, specifically the famous Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service. Haziq Qadri, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 May 2022 As a result, people seeking abortions in those states could immediately begin travel to Maryland in greater numbers, increasing wait-times for Maryland residents. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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“Travel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for travel


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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