travel

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verb

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

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a(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

1
a
: 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

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noun

1
a
: 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
4
a
: movement, progression
the travel of satellites around the earth
b
: the motion of a piece of machinery
especially : reciprocating motion
Phrases
travel light
: to travel with a minimum of equipment or baggage

Example Sentences

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
NewCath will travel to Pikeville Friday for the Class 1A state semifinals in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association football playoffs. James Weber, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2022 The largest number — 85%, or 500,000 — will travel by car. Hartford Courant, 24 Nov. 2022 The Cavs will travel to Milwaukee for a rematch against the Bucks on Friday night. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 According to the Automobile Club, as many as 4.5 million people in Southern California will travel this week, including 3.9 million who will be driving out to their destination. Salvador Hernandezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 The Crusaders will travel to Ireland next year to play local teams. Ethan Fuller, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 For the next week, the craft will travel along an elliptical orbit that takes it almost half a million miles past the moon. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2022 The model railroad will travel past scenes made from natural materials that depict Indianapolis' downtown, American West landmarks, Northwest Coast Native villages, the Las Vegas Strip, Grand Canyon and more. The Indianapolis Star, 21 Nov. 2022 Newport Central Catholic will travel to Pikeville (10-2) for a state semifinal. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 19 Nov. 2022
Noun
Janji is a running apparel brand with gear ready for every type of terrain and climate, and many of its products are designed with packing and travel in mind. Rachel King, Fortune, 26 Nov. 2022 Although the severe weather risk is very low on Sunday, there will be the potential for strong winds and frequent lightning that could impact travel, especially in the Northeast. Christine Rapp, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2022 The keyboard doesn't offer stunning travel, but the feedback is satisfying. Adam Speight, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2022 According to the auction house, Taylor, tired of packing and repacking all of her clothes for their non-stop travel, told Anne to take her pick of her wardrobe. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 Those clashes have already caused widespread disruption, including to train travel, and are now spreading to even more sectors, such as education and healthcare. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 25 Nov. 2022 Now, 19 years after his Iron Bowl moment as a player, Williams will have another one as Auburn’s interim head coach when the Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium to take on the Tide (9-2, 5-2) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 24 Nov. 2022 The protestors additionally urged the German government to invest in travel by rail. Fox News, 24 Nov. 2022 The Gros Michel cultivar, sturdy enough to withstand travel, dominated early international trade, then nearly went extinct in the 1950s, felled by a fungus; now a mutation of that fungus threatens its replacement, the Cavendish, with the same fate. Ligaya Mishan Melody Melamed, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English travailen, travelen to torment, labor, strive, journey, from Anglo-French travailler

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of travel was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near travel

Cite this Entry

“Travel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/travel. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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verb

trav·​el ˈtrav-əl How to pronounce travel (audio)
traveled or travelled; traveling or travelling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce travel (audio)
1
: to journey from place to place or to a distant place
2
: to move or advance from one place to another
the news traveled fast

travel

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noun

1
a
: the act or means of traveling
air travel is fast
b
: journey entry 1, trip
often used in plural
2
plural : an account of one's travels

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