traveltrav‧el1 /ˈtrævəl/ ●●●S2W2 verb (travelled, travelling British English, traveled, traveling American English)1journeyTRAVELa)[intransitive] to go from one place to another, or to several places, especially ones that are farawaySomeday I’d like to travel abroad.travel to/across/through/around etcWe’re planning to travel across America this summer.travel widely/extensivelyHe has travelled extensively in China.travel by train/car/air etcWe travelled by train across Eastern Europe.He’d travelled far, but he’d travelled light (=without taking many possessions).b)travel the world/country to go to most parts of the world or of a particular country2distance [intransitive, transitive]TRAVEL to go a particular distance or at a particular speedtravel atThe train was travelling at 100 mph.They travelled 200 miles on the first day.3 →well-travelled4news [intransitive]SPREAD to be passed quickly from one person or place to anotherNews travels fast.5 →travel well6eyes [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] written if your eyestravel over something, you look at different parts of itHis gaze travelled over her face.7light/sound [intransitive]SPEED to move at a particular speed or in a particular directionLight travels faster than sound.8sport [intransitive]DSO to take more than three stepswhile you are holding the ball in basketballCOLLOCATIONSadverbstravel abroadOnly the affluent could afford to take vacations or to travel abroad.travel widely/extensivelyHe travelled extensively in Europe studying geology.travel light (=not take many things with you)The idea was to travel light, so Travis allowed her to pack only one change of clothing.phrasestravel by train/car/air etcEmily hated travelling by train.travel the world/countryThey travelled the world together.THESAURUSto traveltravel to go from one place to another, especially places that are far apartWe travelled to Russia by train.I love to travel.go to go somewhere – often used instead of travelWe’re going to Greece for our holidays this year.He’s gone to London on business.It’s quicker to go by plane.commute to travel to work or schoolShe commutes to work by bicycle.cross to travel across a very large area, for example a desert or oceanThe slaves crossed the Atlantic in the holds of the ships.tour to travel in order to visit many different places, especially as part of a holidayThey’re touring Europe by coach.go trekking to do a long and difficultwalk in a place far from towns and citiesThey went trekking in the mountains.She’s been trekking in Nepal a couple of times.go backpacking to travel to a lot of different places, carrying your clothes with you in your rucksackHe went backpacking in Australia.roam especially written to travel or move around an area with no clearpurpose or direction, usually for a long timeWhen he was young, he roamed from one country to another.The tribes used to roam around freely, without any fixed territory.journey literary to travel, especially a long distanceHe journeyed on horseback through Palestine.people who traveltraveller British English, traveler American English someone who is travelling a long distanceWeary travellers waited at the airport.My aunt was a great traveller (=she travelled a lot).tourist someone who is travelling somewhere for a holidayDuring the summer, over a million tourists visit the island each year.passenger someone who is travelling in a vehicle, plane, ship etc but not driving it or working on itThe driver and two passengers were killed in the crash.commuter someone who travels to work every daycommuters on the train to Londonbackpacker someone who travels to a lot of different places, carrying their clothes etc in a rucksackThe hostels are great for backpackers.explorer someone who travels to places that people have not visited beforePotatoes were brought to England by explorers such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. → See Verb table
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travel• We traveled 2251 miles in 11 days.• Helena really likes to travel.• I love to travel.• Do you have to travel a lot in your new job?• And we were travelling again, through ravine, under totem.• Facilitiesmanagers also may monitor the work of maintenance, grounds, and custodialstaffs, and travel between different facilities.• Newstravelsfast in a small town like this.• We travelled from China to Russia by train.• Something must be wrong when, although they have to travelfurther they are coming in cheaper.• The impromptuconcerts have been written up in nationalmagazines and people travel hundreds of miles to take part in the fun.• Nine others travelling in the minibus, which was returning the from game at PortVale, were injured.• Over a year a hare may travel over an area as large as 50 hectares, in search of the rightfood.• They had been travelling over the dry desert terrain for five days.• The post will involve you travelling to Germany about three times a year.• There was intensecompetition among companies to travel with Brown on his overseas trips, which frequently generatedmajordeals.travel at• Police say the car was traveling at about 80 miles per hour.traveltravel2 ●●●S2W2 noun1[uncountable]TRAVEL the activity of travellingThe new job involves a fair amount of travel.► see thesaurus at journey2 →travelsGRAMMAR: Comparisontravel• You use travel to talk in general about the activity of travelling: Long-distance travel has become much cheaper.My interests are travel and photography.• Travel is only used as an uncountable noun. ✗Don’t say: a travel | the traveltravels• Someone’s travels are their journeys to many different places: On her travels, she visited Egypt, Jordan, and South Africa. I’ll call you when I get back from my travels.• Travels is always used as a plural noun in this meaning. ✗Don’t say: her travel | my traveltrip• You use trip to talk about an occasion when someone travels somewhere: He has gone to New York on a business trip.They have made several trips to Europe.• Trip is a countable noun and can be used in the singular with ‘a’ or in the plural. Don’t use travel in this meaning. You say: Have a nice trip!✗Don’t say: Have a nice travel!COLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + travelair travelThere has been a major increase in air travel during the last twenty years.rail travelThe measures were introduced to make rail travel safer.bus/coach/car etc travelThe price is £98, inclusive of coach travel.foreign/international/overseas travelThe job offers opportunities for foreign travel.long-distance travelLong-distance travel is becoming much more common these days.business travelBusiness travel often took him away from his family.space travelLarge rockets are used for space travel and exploration.travel + NOUNthe travel industryThe storms have had a huge effect on the country’s travel industry.travel arrangementsI still have to make all the travel arrangements.travel expenses/costsThey offered to pay my travel expenses.travel insuranceYou are strongly advised to take out travel insurance.a travel book/guideKyushu looks so lovely in the travel books. a travel writeran award-winning travel writerphrasesa form/mode/method/means of travelI find the train a more comfortable mode of travel.
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travel• Contact a travelagent about times and costs.• a travelprogramme• The StateDepartment has advised against travel in the region.• Her interests are politics, music, and travel.• In the 19th century, travel between the two countries was extremely difficult.• We also very much enjoytravel.• The businesstraveller has been trotting the globe for centuries; before the nineteenth century most travel was for business purposes.• The job involves a certainamount of travelling.• The tournament was played over three rounds as a result of localgovernmentelections and the imposition of travelrestrictions.• Futuregenerations can possibly look forward to spacetravel as a holiday option.• Here are seven dad-tested travelideas that will help you connect with your kids while having a good time.From Longman Business Dictionarytraveltrav‧el1 /ˈtrævəl/ noun [uncountable]TRAVELthe activity of going from one place to another, or to several different places, by air, road, rail etcThe drop in revenue reflected lower levels ofdomestic travel (=within your own country).American Express has strengthened its lead in thecorporate travel business.Air travel continued its recovery from a year earlier.traveltravel2 verb (travelled, travelling British English, traveled, traveling) American English [intransitive, transitive]TRAVELto go from one place to another, or to several different places, by air, road, rail etcAs part of his job, he has to travel abroad extensively.Channel Tunnel trains travel between London and Paris in 3 hours.→ See Verb table