[ ek-spi-dish-uhn ]
/ ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ ən /


an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.
the group of persons, ships, etc., engaged in such an activity: a large expedition of scientists and military personnel.
promptness or speed in accomplishing something: He worked with great expedition.

Origin of expedition

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin expedītiōn- (stem of expedītiō) “a (military) traveling.” See expedite, -ion

synonym study for expedition

1. See trip1.


pre·ex·pe·di·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for expedition

/ (ˌɛkspɪˈdɪʃən) /


an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose, esp for exploration or for a scientific or military purpose
the people and equipment comprising an expedition
a pleasure trip; excursion
promptness in acting; dispatch

Word Origin for expedition

C15: from Latin expedītiō, from expedīre to prepare, expedite
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Idioms and Phrases with expedition


see fishing expedition.

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