ve·​hi·​cle | \ ˈvē-ə-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) also ˈvē-ˌhi-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) \

Definition of vehicle

1 : a means of carrying or transporting something planes, trains, and other vehicles : such as
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 Shalotta Daniel, 41, was a passenger in the vehicle, the report states. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, "2 killed after SUV strikes pole, tree in Waldron, troopers say," 19 Oct. 2020 This intersection of form and function is just as important in a vehicle, says Robertson. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "This Denver Home—and its Community—Is Designed to Anticipate All Your Needs," 19 Oct. 2020 Police then called in a dive team which found a body in the vehicle, according to the station. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Police searching for missing Florida mom find body, her SUV in pond," 18 Oct. 2020 Labeaud and Co-Conspirator A followed in another vehicle. Drew Broach | Staff Writer,, "'Slammers,' 'spotters,' crooked lawyers: 4 more indicted in New Orleans staged accident scam," 17 Oct. 2020 Square Peg will serve one pizza per person who is present in the vehicle on a first come, first serve basis until 10 p.m., or until supplies last. Leeanne Griffin,, "Glastonbury’s Square Peg Pizzeria to celebrate anniversary with free pizza giveaway," 15 Oct. 2020 When asked about the odor, the driver acknowledged the smell, but said there wasn’t any in the vehicle. John Benson, cleveland, "Passenger refusing to give his name changes mind after officer finds baggie of cocaine on his lap: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 14 Oct. 2020 Grunig, who was not wearing a seat belt, was the lone occupant in the vehicle. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "St. Cloud man dies in single-vehicle crash near Richmond, Minn.," 13 Oct. 2020 Tory Lanez made his court appearance by phone in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 13), four days after he was charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Tory Lanez Ordered to Stay Away From Megan Thee Stallion at First Court Hearing in Shooting," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of vehicle was in 1612

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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vehicle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce vehicle (audio) How to pronounce vehicle (audio)

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 How to pronounce vehicle (audio) , -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 How to pronounce vehicle (audio) , ˈvē-ə-kəl How to pronounce vehicle (audio) \

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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