Origin of traveled
- 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.
Examples from the Web for traveled
The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
In October, he traveled to Denver with Fry to support his work with LGBT rights organization The Matthew Sheppard Foundation.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)
January 6, 2015
Followers had traveled many miles to mourn the loss, and aid in the ritual washing, dressing, and honoring of the body.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
The final incident was in Atlantic City, where we had traveled for an industry event.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
In 1982, Hockney traveled to China on a trip organized by his editor at Thames & Hudson, Nikos Stangos.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us.
The news had traveled to the Street that he was to get up that day.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I couldn't, you know; it seemed too awful far away for us to have traveled.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
They traveled onward, Robin following his fancy and the others following Robin.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
They, too, had traveled all night, and the second battle began at sunrise.The Law-Breakers
- 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 and History for traveled
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.