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Topic: MOTOR VEHICLES

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: véhicule, from Latin vehiculum, from vehere 'to carry'

vehicle

noun
     
ve‧hi‧cle S2 W2 [countable]
1 formal a machine with an engine that is used to take people or things from one place to another, such as a car, bus, or truck [↪ motor vehicle]:
a description of the stolen vehicle
Have you locked your vehicle?
2 formal something you use to express and spread your ideas, opinions etc [= medium]
vehicle for
The 1936 Olympics were used as a vehicle for Nazi propaganda.
'Eastern Eye' is an important vehicle for Black British opinion.
3 a film, television programme etc that is made to gain public attention for one of the people in it
vehicle for
This is the perfect vehicle for Fleming to make his triumphant return to the stage.
MGM made the film as a star vehicle for Brando.
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