Meaning of “vehicle” in the English Dictionary

"vehicle" in British English

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uk /ˈvɪə.kəl/ us /ˈviː.ə.kəl/

vehicle noun (MACHINE)

B1 [ C ] formal a machine, usually with wheels and an engine, used for transporting people or goods on land, especially on roads:

A truck driver died last night when his vehicle overturned.
Road vehicles include cars, buses, and trucks.
Tractors are farm vehicles.
The number of thefts of motor vehicles rose by a third last year.

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adjective /viˈɪk.jə.lər/ us /viːˈhɪk.jə.lɚ/ formal

The house has no vehicular access but can be reached by a short walk across the fields.

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

"vehicle" in American English

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/ˈvi·ɪ·kəl, -hɪ·kəl/

vehicle noun (MACHINE)

[ C ] something used to transport people or goods, esp. something used on land or roads:

an underwater vehicle
The snow stranded hundreds of vehicles on an interstate highway.

vehicle noun (WAY)

[ C usually sing ] a way of achieving something:

Many say Morse code is an outdated vehicle for communication in today's high-tech world.
She used her celebrity status as a vehicle to run for political office.
adjective [ not gradable ] us /viˈhɪk·jə·lər/

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the neighborhood have both increased.

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

"vehicle" in Business English

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vehiclenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈviːɪkl/ us

TRANSPORT a car, bus, truck, etc.:

The tollways are used daily by 1.3 million vehicles.
a commercial/domestic/recreational vehicle Domestic vehicle sales will remain strong for a while.

something that can be used as a way of achieving, producing, or expressing something:

a vehicle for sth Strong leadership was seen as the major vehicle for bringing about successful change.

FINANCE a type of investment:

a savings/investment vehicle The company has announced the launch of new internet investment vehicles for Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
In the future we'll see new vehicles and new ways of producing the money that you need.

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