adjective Chiefly British.
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.
Origin of traveled
Related Words for travelledfly, trek, sail, proceed, migrate, move, visit, drive, cross, carry, tour, transmit, vacation, cruise, go, walk, wander, roam, voyage, traverse
Examples from the Web for travelled
Contemporary Examples of travelled
Mr Anderson Wheeler travelled from Tanzania where he works as a big game hunter to give evidence yesterday.How A British Aristocrat Used Big Game Hunter’s Sperm To Get Pregnant Without His Permission
December 2, 2014
Carr travelled to London, and borrowed £100 from his mother to buy a car for the operation.How The IRA Tried To Kidnap Edward VIII
October 2, 2014
By the time I travelled to Lebanon in late July to visit my parents, ISIS was at the gates, not of our town but of the country.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
It is the third time they have travelled to Canada together and is Charles's 17th official visit to the country.Camilla Carries On After Brother's Death
May 19, 2014
They often travelled together, picking up one-of-a-kind souvenirs in Asia, Africa, India, and the Pacific.Casa de la Torre: The Museum of Mexico’s Liberace
March 24, 2014
Historical Examples of travelled
Cleonica, attended by Geta and Milza, travelled under the same protection.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Travelled fourteen miles in about an East-North-East direction and camped.
We did not get on it till we had travelled along the line about fifteen miles.
He had travelled, and had been a merchant's clerk in Paris and London.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Then drive on; if there had been, I wouldn't have travelled a mile with her.
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
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.