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journey

[jur-nee] /ˈdʒɜr ni/
noun, plural journeys.
1.
a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time; trip:
a six-day journey across the desert.
2.
a distance, course, or area traveled or suitable for traveling:
a desert journey.
3.
a period of travel:
a week's journey.
4.
passage or progress from one stage to another:
the journey to success.
verb (used without object), journeyed, journeying.
5.
to make a journey; travel.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English journee day < Old French < Vulgar Latin *diurnāta a day's time, day's work, etc., equivalent to Latin diurn(us) daily + -āta, feminine of -ātus -ate1; see -ade1
Related forms
journeyer, noun
outjourney, verb (used with object), outjourneyed, outjourneying.
Synonyms
1. excursion, jaunt, tour. See trip1 . 5. roam, rove; peregrinate.
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  • Once embarked upon, his journey became as much an existential quest as a natural-history trek.
  • Over time, marriage has increasingly taken on a meaning of life-journey and idealistic rather than pragmatic significance.
  • Students will learn a little bit about what this journey was like.
  • It's already been a long journey for a flock of juvenile whooping cranes in central Wisconsin—and the real trip hasn't yet begun.
  • Lewis and Clark's journey is one that the modern traveler can share.
  • The trio has been in Oman for the last two weeks preparing for the journey.
  • As a result it is second nature for me to try to get my kids to spot stuff out the windows during the train journey.
  • Don't let them tell you life's a journey.
  • Given the course and distance of my route, I expect to go through a lot of fluid on this journey.
  • One can also focus on the journey, not the destination.
British Dictionary definitions for journey

journey

/ˈdʒɜːnɪ/
noun
1.
a travelling from one place to another; trip or voyage
2.
  1. the distance travelled in a journey
  2. the time taken to make a journey
verb
3.
(intransitive) to make a journey
Derived Forms
journeyer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French journee a day, a day's travelling, from Latin diurnum day's portion; see diurnal
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Word Origin and History for journey
n.

c.1200, "a defined course of traveling; one's path in life," from Old French journee "day's work or travel" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin diurnum "day," noun use of neuter of Latin diurnus "of one day" (see diurnal). Meaning "act of traveling by land or sea" is c.1300. In Middle English it also meant "a day" (c.1400); a day's work (mid-14c.); "distance traveled in one day" (mid-13c.), and as recently as Johnson (1755) the primary sense was still "the travel of a day."

v.

mid-14c., "travel from one place to another," from Anglo-French journeyer, Old French journoier, from journee (see journey (n.)). Related: Journeyed; journeying.

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journey in the Bible

(1.) A day's journey in the East is from 16 to 20 miles (Num. 11:31). (2.) A Sabbath-day's journey is 2,000 paces or yards from the city walls (Acts 1:12). According to Jewish tradition, it was the distance one might travel without violating the law of Ex. 16:29. (See SABBATH.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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