- to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip; journey: to travel for pleasure.
- to move or go from one place or point to another.
- to proceed or advance in any way.
- to go from place to place as a representative of a business firm.
- to associate or consort: He travels in a wealthy crowd.
- Informal. to move with speed.
- to pass, or be transmitted, as light or sound.
- Basketball. walk(def 9).
- to move in a fixed course, as a piece of mechanism.
- to travel, journey, or pass through or over, as a country or road.
- to journey or traverse (a specified distance): We traveled a hundred miles.
- to cause to journey; ship: to travel logs downriver.
- the act of traveling; journeying, especially to distant places: to travel to other planets.
- journeys; wanderings: to set out on one's travels.
- journeys as the subject of a written account or literary work: a book of travels.
- such an account or work.
- the coming and going of persons or conveyances along a way of passage; traffic: an increase in travel on state roads.
- the complete movement of a moving part, especially a reciprocating part, in one direction, or the distance traversed; stroke.
- length of stroke.
- movement or passage in general: to reduce the travel of food from kitchen to table.
- used or designed for use while traveling: a travel alarm clock.
Origin of travel
In American writing, when you have a one-syllable verb that ends with a single vowel followed by a single consonant, and you want to add a regular inflectional ending that begins with a vowel, you double that final consonant before adding -ed or -ing : stop, stopped, stopping; flag, flagged, flagging. This principle also holds for verbs of more than one syllable if the final syllable is stressed: permit, permitted, permitting; refer, referred, referring. If that syllable is not stressed, there is no doubling of the final consonant: gallop, galloped, galloping; travel, traveled, traveling.
British spelling conventions are similar. They deviate from American practices only when the verb ends with a single vowel followed by an l . In that case, no matter the stress pattern, the final l gets doubled. Thus British writing has repel, repelled, repelling (as would American writing, since the final syllable is stressed). But it also has travel, travelled, travelling and cancel, cancelled, cancelling, since in the context of British writing the verb’s final l, not its stress pattern, is the determining factor. Verbs ending in other consonants have the same doubling patterns that they would have in American writing. An outlier on both sides of the Atlantic is the small group of verbs ending in -ic and one lonely -ac verb. They require an added k before inflectional endings in order to retain the appropriate “hard” sound of the letter c : panic, panicked, panicking; frolic, frolicked, frolicking; shellac, shellacked, shellacking. Canadians, of course, are free to use either British or American spellings.
Related Words for traveltrek, driving, ride, flying, excursion, tour, transit, movement, navigation, trip, sailing, sightseeing, fly, sail, proceed, migrate, move, visit, drive, cross
Examples from the Web for travel
Contemporary Examples of travel
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
He did travel to China and Australia while the story was unfolding.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Brands like Lo & Sons and Delsey are already tapping Travel Noire to connect with black travelers.
These days, to be featured by Travel Noire on Instagram is like a badge of honor for many black millennial travelers.
Travel Noire fellows earned about a half million travel miles in 2014.
Historical Examples of travel
I suspected that much tiredness of travel would be involved.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
We travel from place to place in our own little locomotives which we call automobiles.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Did not travel to-day, as there was good feed and water at this camp.Explorations in Australia
Travel, says she—enlarge your mind—why, how big would she have it?
And even after nearly 225 years, we have a long way yet to travel.
- to go, move, or journey from one place to anotherhe travels to improve his mind; she travelled across France
- (tr) to go, move, or journey through or across (an area, region, etc)he travelled the country
- to go, move, or cover a specified or unspecified distance
- to go from place to place as a salesmanto travel in textiles
- (esp of perishable goods) to withstand a journey
- (of light, sound, etc) to be transmitted or movethe sound travelled for miles
- to progress or advance
- basketball to take an excessive number of steps while holding the ball
- (of part of a mechanism) to move in a fixed predetermined path
- informal to move rapidlythat car certainly travels
- (often foll by with) informal to be in the company (of); associate
- the act of travelling
- (as modifier)a travel brochure Related adjective: itinerant
- (usually plural) a tour or journey
- the distance moved by a mechanical part, such as the stroke of a piston
- movement or passage
Word Origin for travel
late 14c., "to journey," from travailen (1300) "to make a journey," originally "to toil, labor" (see travail). The semantic development may have been via the notion of "go on a difficult journey," but it may also reflect the difficulty of going anywhere in the Middle Ages. Replaced Old English faran. Travels "accounts of journeys" is recorded from 1590s. Traveled "experienced in travel" is from early 15c. Traveling salesman is attested from 1885.