Meaning of “vehicle” in the English Dictionary

"vehicle" in English

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vehiclenoun

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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vehicular
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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vehiclenoun

/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Many say Morse code is an outdated vehicle for communication in today's high-tech world.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.
vehicular
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)

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I think that the harmonisation of fuel excise duties makes sense, but does that achieve its purpose if we retain differences in taxation, tolls, road pricing and vehicle taxes?
I hope that by measuring the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide in these vehicles we will be able to develop possible measures to improve vehicle performance in these areas.
When they select their distributors, vehicle manufacturers can choose between a selective distribution system and a distribution based on territorial exclusivity, but they can no longer combine the two systems.
Collective investment undertakings have for some time been the primary savings vehicle through which millions of ordinary citizens, without any specialist knowledge, have invested their life savings.
As cross-border transport, both in the freight and in the private sector, increases, so do the problems in obtaining motor vehicle insurance cover.
During this period, he ought neither to have to register a new address for his vehicle nor to have to effect a new insurance policy.
Finally, there is local consultation, which is needed, but should not be mandatory and it should not be a vehicle for delay.
They would clearly be easier to comply with, but they would introduce risks from the point of view of the safety of this type of vehicle.
The common position established the right for the last owner to return a vehicle to a treatment facility free of charge.
Firstly, because we already have market access legislation which set limit values for many road vehicle types and for equipment used outdoors.