Related formswell-trav·eled, adjective
Definition for traveled (2 of 2)
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.
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|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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)|Tom Sykes|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Abby Haglage|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1982, Hockney traveled to China on a trip organized by his editor at Thames & Hudson, Nikos Stangos.
Brother Isaac Turley, who had traveled a portion of the road and who was an experienced traveler, was elected wagon-master.Forty Years Among the Indians|Daniel W. Jones
They did not know how far they had traveled when at length they awoke.The King of Gee-Whiz|Emerson Hough
These were happy moments, indeed, and Anton was more moved than became such a traveled man.Debit and Credit|Gustav Freytag
Then they traveled on the next day and something else happened.Uncle Wiggily's Travels|Howard R. Garis
The herds or bands which started south in the fall months traveled more leisurely, with frequent halts to graze on rich pastures.The Extermination of the American Bison|William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for traveled
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