AskDefine | Define travel

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of going from one place to another; "he enjoyed selling but he hated the travel" [syn: traveling, travelling]
2 a movement through space that changes the location of something [syn: change of location]
3 self-propelled movement [syn: locomotion]


1 change location; move, travel, or proceed; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" [syn: go, move, locomote] [ant: stay in place]
2 undertake a journey or trip [syn: journey]
3 make a trip for pleasure [syn: trip, jaunt]
4 travel upon or across; "travel the oceans" [syn: journey]
5 undergo transportation as in a vehicle; "We travelled North on Rte. 508"
6 travel from place to place, as for the purpose of finding work, preaching, or acting as a judge [syn: move around] [also: travelling, travelled]

User Contributed Dictionary



From word travailler meaning "to trouble, to suffer, or be worn out". See also travail.



  1. To be on a journey, often for pleasure or business and with luggage; to go from one place to another.
    I like to travel.
  2. To pass from here to there; to move or transmit; to go from one place to another.
    Soundwaves can travel through water.
  3. In the context of "intransitive|basketball": To move illegally by walking or running without dribbling the ball.
  4. To travel throughout (a place).
    I’ve travelled the world.


to be on a journey
(intransitive) to pass from here to there; to transmit
in basketball


  1. The act of travel(l)ing
    space travel
    travel to Spain
    See: travel(l)er
  2. (plural) a series of journeys
  3. (plural) an account of one's travels
    I’m off on my travels around France again.
  4. The activity or traffic along a route or through a given point
  5. The motion of a piece of machinery
  6. The length of a mechanical stroke
    There was a lot of travel in the handle, because the tool was out of adjustment.


Derived terms


act of travel(l)ing
plural: series of journeys
plural: account of one's travels
motion of a piece of machinery
length of a mechanical stroke


Extensive Definition

Travel is the change in location of people on a trip, or the process of time involved in a person or object moving from one location to another. Reasons for travel include:
  • Tourism—travel for recreation. This may apply to the travel itself or the travel may just be the necessary investment to arrive at a desired location.
  • Visiting friends and family
  • Trade
  • Commuting
The word originates from the Middle English word travailen ("to toil"), which comes from the French word travailler ("travail").
travel in Arabic: سفر
travel in Bengali: ভ্রমণ
travel in Czech: Cestování
travel in Danish: Rejse
travel in German: Reise
travel in French: Voyage
travel in Lithuanian: Kelionė
travel in Hungarian: Utazás
travel in Japanese: 旅行
travel in Norwegian: Reise
travel in Polish: Podróż
travel in Quechua: Puriy
travel in Russian: Путешествие
travel in Simple English: Travel
travel in Finnish: Matkailu
travel in Thai: การเดินทาง
travel in Yiddish: רייזע
travel in Samogitian: Keliuonės

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