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  1. a course of travel or passage, especially a long journey by water to a distant place.
  2. a passage through air or space, as a flight in an airplane or space vehicle.
  3. a journey or expedition from one place to another by land.
  4. Often voyages. journeys or travels as the subject of a written account, or the account itself: the voyages of Marco Polo.
  5. Obsolete. an enterprise or undertaking.
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verb (used without object), voy·aged, voy·ag·ing.
  1. to make or take a voyage; travel; journey.
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verb (used with object), voy·aged, voy·ag·ing.
  1. to traverse by a voyage: to voyage the seven seas.
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Origin of voyage

1250–1300; Middle English ve(i)age, viage, voyage < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin viāticum travel-money; see viaticum
Related formsvoy·ag·er, nounout·voy·age, verb (used with object), out·voy·aged, out·voy·ag·ing.re·voy·age, noun, verb, re·voy·aged, re·voy·ag·ing.un·voy·ag·ing, adjective
Can be confusedvoyager voyageur


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1. cruise. See trip1.
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Related Words

roving, itinerant, development, evolution, shift, move, flow, exercise, act, action, progress, operation, change, migration, exploration, shipping, boating, trek, driving, ride

Examples from the Web for voyaging

Historical Examples

  • For it is a month's voyaging from San Francisco to China—or, at least, was then.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • He knew nothing of the great river on which they were voyaging.

  • I have alluded to the distresses of winter voyaging to Skye.

  • It looks as though the Falcon had reached the end of her voyaging at last.

    Darry the Life Saver

    Frank V. Webster

  • The loss of the Jean on Ealan Dubh had sundered him for ever from his life of voyaging.

British Dictionary definitions for voyaging


  1. a journey, travel, or passage, esp one to a distant land or by sea or air
  2. obsolete an ambitious project
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  1. to travel over or traverse (something)we will voyage to Africa
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Derived Formsvoyager, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French veiage, from Latin viāticum provision for travelling, from viāticus concerning a journey, from via a way
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Word Origin and History for voyaging



late 15c., from voyage (n.). Related: Voyaged; voyaging.

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c.1300, from Old French veiage "travel, journey," from Late Latin viaticum "a journey" (in classical Latin "provisions for a journey"), noun use of neuter of viaticus "of or for a journey," from via "road, journey, travel."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with voyaging


see maiden voyage.

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