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expedition

[ek-spi-dish-uh n] /ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.
2.
the group of persons, ships, etc., engaged in such an activity:
a large expedition of scientists and military personnel.
3.
promptness or speed in accomplishing something:
He worked with great expedition.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin expedītiōn- (stem of expedītiō) a (military) traveling. See expedite, -ion
Related forms
preexpedition, noun
Synonyms
1. See trip1 . 3. quickness, dispatch, alacrity.
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British Dictionary definitions for preexpedition

expedition

/ˌɛkspɪˈdɪʃən/
noun
1.
an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose, esp for exploration or for a scientific or military purpose
2.
the people and equipment comprising an expedition
3.
a pleasure trip; excursion
4.
promptness in acting; dispatch
Word Origin
C15: from Latin expedītiō, from expedīre to prepare, expedite
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Word Origin and History for preexpedition

expedition

n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for preexpedition

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