verb (used without object), trav·eled, trav·el·ing or (especially British) trav·elled, trav·el·ling.
verb (used with object), trav·eled, trav·el·ing or (especially British) trav·elled, trav·el·ling.
- 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 complete movement of a moving part, especially a reciprocating part, in one direction, or the distance traversed; stroke.
- length of stroke.
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Origin of travel
usage note for 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.
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López said she could not travel to Mexico because she is undocumented.Tijuana authorities criticized over handling of transgender woman’s murder|Michael K. Lavers|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
Sound waves traveling thousands of kilometers through the ocean may help scientists monitor climate change.Underwater earthquakes’ sound waves reveal changes in ocean warming|Carolyn Gramling|September 17, 2020|Science News
Biden traveled to the state days later, meeting with the Blake family and calling for unity and healing in the community, though he, too, denounced the violence that followed the shooting.Post-ABC Wisconsin poll shows Biden holding narrow edge over Trump|Dan Balz, Emily Guskin|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
TripActions says it has added nearly 500 new corporate customers since March, a surprising achievement at a time when most employees are still not traveling freely.Are you ready to start traveling for work again? TripActions’ CEO is banking on it|Michal Lev-Ram, writer|September 15, 2020|Fortune
The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, which was first identified in China in December, has had sweeping effects in the public health, business, and travel sectors, among others.How the coronavirus outbreak is roiling the film and entertainment industries|Alissa Wilkinson|September 11, 2020|Vox
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|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
In doing so he exposed the failure of other airlines in the region to see the huge pent-up demand for cheap travel.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The tribe is really made of people who put travel as a priority in their entire lifestyle,” says Evita.
Brands like Lo & Sons and Delsey are already tapping Travel Noire to connect with black travelers.
One thing was certain: Grandfather Mole could travel much faster through the water than he could underground.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
The mothers know better than any one else how hard a way the little girl will have to travel through life.
He could lie in bed and string himself tales of travel and adventure while Harry was downstairs.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
Under ordinary circumstances these men can travel with their burden from twenty to thirty miles a day.
The rules regulating travel on highways in this country are called, "the law of the road."Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for travel
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (mainly intr)
- the act of travelling
- (as modifier)a travel brochure Related adjective: itinerant