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[ek-spi-dish-uh n] /ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ ən/
an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.
the group of persons, ships, etc., engaged in such an activity:
a large expedition of scientists and military personnel.
promptness or speed in accomplishing something:
He worked with great expedition.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin expedītiōn- (stem of expedītiō) a (military) traveling. See expedite, -ion
Related forms
preexpedition, noun
1. See trip1 . 3. quickness, dispatch, alacrity. Unabridged
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  • No trip with teenage daughters is complete without shopping expeditions.
  • The cost of space expeditions is rapidly being lowered.
  • Keeping the kids occupied during fieldwork expeditions calls for special tools in some parts of the world.
  • Carter demonstrated which foods were safe, led foraging expeditions, and communicated through chimp vocalizations.
  • My furtive hour-long expeditions gave way to daylong escapes.
  • Though several previous expeditions have been lost in the valley, there is no shortage of volunteers to have another go.
  • It was perfectly plausible that they would have sent expeditions westward in search of more hospitable land.
  • With the use of a magic carpet, the phoenix and the children make a number of expeditions about the world.
  • On more than one occasion he counted on her to look into problems of expeditions while he was away.
  • The duo launched several expeditions to capture the elusive spider but all of them failed.
British Dictionary definitions for expeditions


an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose, esp for exploration or for a scientific or military purpose
the people and equipment comprising an expedition
a pleasure trip; excursion
promptness in acting; dispatch
Word Origin
C15: from Latin expedītiō, from expedīre to prepare, expedite
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Word Origin and History for expeditions



early 15c., "military campaign; the act of rapidly setting forth," from Middle French expédition (13c.) and directly from Latin expeditionem (nominative expeditio), noun of action from past participle stem of expedire (see expedite). Meaning "journey for some purpose" is from 1590s. Sense by 1690s also included the body of persons on such a journey. Related: Expeditionary.

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