[trans-per-tey-shuh n]
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  1. the act of transporting.
  2. the state of being transported.
  3. the means of transport or conveyance.
  4. the business of conveying people, goods, etc.
  5. price of travel or transport by public conveyance; fare.
  6. tickets or permits for transport or travel.
  7. banishment, as of a criminal to a penal colony; deportation.
  8. (initial capital letter) Also called Transportation Department. Informal. the Department of Transportation.

Origin of transportation

First recorded in 1530–40; transport + -ation
Related formsnon·trans·por·ta·tion, nounpre·trans·por·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of transportation

  • They were distributed among the captains of the fleet for transportation to Athens.

  • Two months later Florent was again sentenced to transportation.

  • The hay-press makes storage and transportation easier and cheaper.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • Tell Wilson to make out your transportation, so that you can start for your regiment tomorrow.

  • Transportation, they tell me, has already nearly got rid of the gypsies.

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for transportation


  1. a means or system of transporting
  2. the act of transporting or the state of being transported
  3. (esp formerly) deportation to a penal colony
  4. mainly US a ticket or fare
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Word Origin and History for transportation

1530s, "act of transporting," noun of action from transport (v.). Middle English used verbal noun transporting (early 15c.). In the sense of "means of conveyance" it is first recorded 1853.

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