Expedition definition

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The definition of an expedition is a journey that is taken to accomplish a specific goal, or the people who go on the journey.

An example of an expedition is when Lewis and Clark went to explore newly acquired land in America.

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A journey undertaken by a group of people with a definite objective.

An expedition against the enemy stronghold; a scientific expedition to the South Pole.

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A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some object of consequence; progress.
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1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 331.

He presently exerted his utmost agility, and with surprizing expedition ascended the hill.

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The group undertaking such a journey.
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The journey, etc. itself.
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The body of persons making such excursion.
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Speed or promptness in performance.
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Efficient speed; dispatch.
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A sending forth or starting out on a journey, voyage, march, etc. for some definite purpose, as exploration or battle.
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The people, ships, equipment, etc. on such a journey.
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An important enterprise, implying a change of place; especially, a warlike enterprise; a march or a voyage with martial intentions; an excursion by a body of persons for a valuable end; as, a military, naval, exploring, or scientific expedition.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
expedition
Plural:
expeditions

Origin of expedition

  • Middle English expedicioun military campaign from Old French expedition from Latin expedītiō expedītiōn- from expedītus past participle of expedīre to make ready expedite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French expédition, from Latin expeditio

    From Wiktionary