Meaning of “travel” in the English Dictionary

"travel" in British English

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uk /ˈtræv.əl/ us /ˈtræv.əl/ -ll- or US usually -l-

A1 [ I or T ] to make a journey, usually over a long distance:

Between school and university, she spent a year travelling, mostly in Africa and Asia.
I travel to work by train.
He travelled over 1,000 miles to be at the wedding.
As a young man he had travelled (= been to many parts of) the world.

B1 [ I ] to move or go from one place to another:

Supersonic planes can travel faster than the speed of sound.

[ I ] If something such as food travels well/badly, it does/does not stay in good condition if it is moved long distances:

Some wines don't travel well.
really travel mainly UK informal

to move very fast:

That bike can really travel!
travel light

to make a journey without taking a lot of heavy things with you:

I always try to travel light.

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uk /ˈtræv.əl/ us /ˈtræv.əl/

B1 [ U ] the activity of travelling:

air/space travel
business travel
We share a love of literature, food and travel.
I heard on the travel news that there'd been an accident.
travels C1 [ plural ]


a record of her travels in/around the Far East

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

"travel" in American English

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travelverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈtræv·əl/ -l-, -ll-

to go from one place to another on a trip, usually over a long distance:

[ I ] The train was traveling (at) about 100 miles an hour.
[ T ] I travel long distances as part of my job, so on vacations I like to stay close to home.
[ I ] infml We were doing 70 miles an hour, so the guy who whizzed past us must have really been traveling (= going very fast).
noun [ C ] also traveller us /ˈtræv·ə·lər/

Travelers in a hurry like these self-service machines.



us /ˈtræv·əl/

the activity of traveling, usually over a long distance:

[ U ] A lot of my travel is business related.
[ pl ] I’ve met some pretty interesting people in my travels (= trips).

(Definition of “travel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"travel" in Business English

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travelverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈtrævəl/ us UK -ll-, US -l-

to go from one place to another, especially over a long distance, in a plane, train, car, etc.:

The ability to travel easily in and out of the region is a significant factor for professionals doing business here.
Due to the increasing costs of travelling abroad, more Americans are choosing to stay closer to home during their vacation.
He travels around 200,000 miles a year on business.
A delegation of officials will be traveling to New Orleans to lobby for the cash.
travel around/across/through somewhere Riding a bike is often the most efficient way to travel around big cities
travel by air/train/car How long does it take to travel by train from Glasgow to London?
travel the world/the country/the state She has travelled the world in her work as foreign correspondent.

to move at a particular speed or over a particular distance:

An electric motor powers the car at all speeds, and it can travel 40 miles on batteries alone.
travel at 40mph/80kph, etc. A train travelling at 30 mph takes about a mile to bring to a stop.

travelnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈtrævəl/ us

the activity of going from one place to another, especially over a long distance, in a plane, train, car, etc.,:

A survey revealed that federal employees were routinely abusing rules regarding business-class travel.
He was reimbursed for the cost of travel between his home and workplace.
The travel and tourism industry employs more than 187,000 people in North Carolina.
Make copies of important travel documents like your passport and itinerary.
air/rail/space travel
free/cheap travel
travel expenses/costs
travel on/in sth Purchase of a smart card entitles you to three days' unlimited travel on the Metro, buses, and trams.
travel to/from/between somewhere The Chairman has a constant round of meetings, involving travel to Western Europe and throughout the UK.

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

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