Definition of expedition in English:


Syllabification: ex·pe·di·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌekspəˈdiSHən


  • 1A journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration, scientific research, or war: an expedition to the jungles of the Orinoco
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    • It was no different from the several trekking expeditions I had undertaken in the hills.
    • The letter sent to the school by Scott detailed the expedition and what the explorer hoped to achieve on his voyage.
    • The expedition's purpose is to carry out an archaeological survey of the wreck and take video footage.
  • 1.1The people involved in an expedition: many of the expedition have passed rigorous courses
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    • This expedition spent 13 months exploring the surrounding reefs of Low Isles.
    • This was a pity, not least because the main part of the expedition had already started exploring new caves in that area!
    • As I said, the group is a scouting expedition exploring what may be possible.
    group, team, party, crew, band, squad
  • 1.2 informal A short trip made for a particular purpose: a shopping expedition
  • 2 formal Promptness or speed in doing something: the landlord shall remedy the defects with all possible expedition
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    • Look out for satellites with all possible expedition.
    • You heard what I said in relation to the possible expedition of the hearing of the application for special leave.
    • I intend to conduct the inquiry with expedition and to report as soon as possible.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin expeditio(n-), from expedire 'extricate' (see expedite). Early senses included 'prompt supply of something' and 'setting out with aggressive intent' The notions of 'speed' and 'purpose' are retained in current senses. sense 1 dates from the late 16th century.

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