Expedition - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌekspəˈdɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word expedition
Brit.  |ɛkspɪˈdɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word expedition


- a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
- an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose

an expedition was sent to explore Mars

- a journey organized for a particular purpose
- a journey taken for pleasure (syn: excursion, jaunt, junket, outing, sashay)
- the property of being prompt and efficient (syn: despatch, dispatch, expeditiousness)


...an avid mountain climber, always on an expedition to some far-off corner of the world...

He went on an expedition to Borneo.

an expedition to the North Pole

an expedition was sent to explore Mars

The goal of the expedition is to map unexplored territory.

They were sent on an expedition to explore the western frontier.

...she's been distracted about her son ever since he left on that polar expedition...

An expedition reconnoitered the coast to find out the exact location of enemy forces.

...a university willing to underwrite an archaeological expedition...

His family have been very urgent for him to make an expedition to Margate.

The expedition's base camp (=main camp) was 6,000 feet below the summit.

Their expedition nearly ended in disaster, when one of the climbers slid off the mountain.

They encountered serious problems when two members of the expedition were injured.

The expedition was abandoned because of adverse weather conditions.

He was always modest about his role in the Everest expedition.

Word forms

singular: expedition
plural: expeditions
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