ve·​hi·​cle | \ˈvē-ə-kəl also ˈvē-ˌhi-kəl \

Definition of vehicle 

1 : a means of carrying or transporting something planes, trains, and other vehicles : such as

a : motor vehicle

b : a piece of mechanized equipment

2 : an agent of transmission : carrier

3 : a medium through which something is expressed, achieved, or displayed an investment vehicle especially : a work created especially to display the talents of a particular performer

4a : an inert medium (such as a syrup) in which a medicinally active agent is administered

b : any of various media acting usually as solvents, carriers, or binders for active ingredients or pigments

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Examples of vehicle in a Sentence

cars, trucks, and other vehicles The vehicle's driver was severely injured in the crash. Have you seen his new car? It's a fine-looking vehicle. Water and insects can be vehicles of infection. art as a vehicle for self-expression Words and pictures are vehicles of communication. These big-budget movies are star vehicles for well-known actors.
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Recent Examples on the Web

JCB Dieselmax set a new world record for a diesel-powered vehicle, reaching just over 350mph. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Managed by bigwigs who used to work at the World Bank, KAUST has however struggled to get into other investment vehicles, such as Benchmark Capital, the people say. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 After spotting the vehicle, police were notified of its whereabouts, the post said. Kathleen Joyce, Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Authorities find stolen van carrying more than a dozen show dogs," 2 Oct. 2018 Be the vehicle that turns a young woman with big dreams into the badass women she is destined to be. Olivia Perez, Glamour, "10 Essential Ways to Support the Women in Your Life Right now," 2 Oct. 2018 What to Do Get an oversand vehicle (OSV) permit and take the Chappy Ferry for a 527-feet journey across the Edgartown Harbor to Norton Point Beach for a day of swimming and fishing. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "This Martha’s Vineyard Town Is Like the Hamptons Without the Crowds," 13 Aug. 2018 The company is currently testing real autonomous vehicles in Miami, too. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries," 14 Nov. 2018 Leasing as a percentage of new-vehicle sales soared in the years after the recession, hitting a record 31% in 2016, according to car-shopping firm Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Be Ready to Pay More to Lease Your Next Car," 14 Nov. 2018 Money is merely an extension of your own voice—a vehicle that can help create long-term, critical change. Linda Davis Taylor, SELF, "How to Use Money as an Extension of Your Political Voice," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vehicle

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

History and Etymology for vehicle

borrowed from French & Latin; French véhicule, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin vehiculum "medium, agent of transmission," going back to Latin, "wheeled vehicle, means of transport," from vehere "to carry, convey" + -culum, instrumental suffix (going back to Indo-European *-tlom) — more at way entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of vehicle

: a machine that is used to carry people or goods from one place to another

: the thing that allows something to be passed along, expressed, achieved, or shown


ve·​hi·​cle | \ˈvē-ˌi-kəl, -ˌhi-\

Kids Definition of vehicle

1 : something used to transport people or goods

2 : a means by which something is expressed, achieved, or shown She used the show as a vehicle to display her talent.


ve·​hi·​cle | \ˈvē-ˌ(h)ik-əl, ˈvē-ə-kəl \

Medical Definition of vehicle 

1 : an inert medium in which a medicinally active agent is administered

2 : an agent of transmission a vehicle of infection

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