Meaning of “transportation” in the English Dictionary

"transportation" in British English

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transportationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌtræn.spɔːˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌtræn.spɚˈteɪ.ʃən/

B2 the movement of people or goods from one place to another:

the safe transportation of used nuclear fuel
In the past, British convicts could be sentenced to transportation (to Australia).

B1 US UK transport a vehicle or system of vehicles, such as buses, trains, etc. for getting from one place to another:

Bicycles are a cheap and efficient form/means of transportation.

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  • It's an ecologically friendly means of transportation.
  • We need to find some other means of transportation.
  • The transportation of live animals is a controversial issue.

(Definition of “transportation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"transportation" in Business English

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transportationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌtrænspɔːˈteɪʃən/ us TRANSPORT

US UK transport a system of vehicles, for example buses, trains, and aircraft, for getting from one place to another:

New legislation does little to solve the state's transportation problems and puts other crucial services at risk.
The plan provided $850 million for transportation in 2008-09 and $900 million in 2009-10.
Thanks to diverse forms of transportation and communication, the global economy is now open to trade and investment in a way that was not possible before.
a mode/means/form of transportation Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles promise to be the cleanest mode of transportation.
transportation services/systems/networks
a transportation plan/program/project
transportation companies/industries
transportation costs/funding
state/regional/local transportation
free/cheap transportation

the activity of moving goods or gas, oil, etc. from one place to another:

the transportation of sth Disclosure of the transportation of hazardous waste emerged after documents were leaked.

(Definition of “transportation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)