trans·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌtran(t)s-pər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce transportation (audio) \

Definition of transportation

1 : an act, process, or instance of transporting or being transported
2a : means of conveyance or travel from one place to another
b : public conveyance of passengers or goods especially as a commercial enterprise
3 : banishment to a penal colony

Other Words from transportation

transportational \ ˌtran(t)s-​pər-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce transportation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of transportation in a Sentence

the transportation of troops overseas She arranged for the transportation of her furniture to her new apartment. He was the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Reagan.
Recent Examples on the Web Food, shelter and transportation costs have increased, which means less available spending for dining out and travel, says Mr. Snaith. Allison Pohle, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Shuttle buses from Lavdas Limousines in Warren provided the transportation. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2022 Financial constraints, stigmatization, and lack of insurance or transportation to testing sites can also be barriers that keep some people with symptoms from seeking testing. Wired, 3 Aug. 2022 Together, the power and transportation sectors make up the largest share of emissions cuts in the bill, Jenkins said. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 The Windsor Locks Senior Center Minibus Transportation provides transportation to medical appointments, pharmacy pickups, hair appointments or shopping. Hartford Courant, 3 Aug. 2022 Most transportation in Utah is still powered by gasoline and diesel fuel, and the majority of buildings are heated by natural gas. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Damages to transportation infrastructure, including roads and airports, meanwhile, amounted to $31.6 billion. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Conklin's company helped build Cuba's transportation infrastructure. Fox News, 18 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of transportation

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of transportation was in 1540

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7 Aug 2022

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“Transportation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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trans·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌtrans-pər-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce transportation (audio) \

Kids Definition of transportation

1 : an act, instance, or means of carrying people or goods from one place to another or of being carried from one place to another
2 : public carrying of passengers or goods especially as a business

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