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EXPEDITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expedition mean? 

EXPEDITION (noun)
  The noun EXPEDITION has 5 senses:

1. a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
2. an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose
3. a journey organized for a particular purpose
4. a journey taken for pleasure
5. the property of being prompt and efficient

  Familiarity information: EXPEDITION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPEDITION (noun)


Sense 1expedition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

military expedition; hostile expedition; expedition

Hypernyms ("expedition" is a kind of...):

campaign; military campaign (several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints))

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expedition"):

Crusade (any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims)


Sense 2expedition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

an expedition was sent to explore Mars

Hypernyms ("expedition" is a kind of...):

working group; working party (a group of people working together temporarily until some goal is achieved)

Instance hyponyms:

Lewis and Clark Expedition (an expedition sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the northwestern territories of the United States; led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; traveled from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River from 1803 to 1806)


Sense 3expedition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A journey organized for a particular purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("expedition" is a kind of...):

journey; journeying (the act of traveling from one place to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expedition"):

scouting trip (an expedition undertaken to gain information)

campaign; hunting expedition; safari (an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa))

exploration; geographic expedition (to travel for the purpose of discovery)


Sense 4expedition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A journey taken for pleasure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

excursion; jaunt; outing; pleasure trip; junket; sashay; expedition

Context examples:

many summer excursions to the shore / it was merely a pleasure trip / after cautious sashays into the field

Hypernyms ("expedition" is a kind of...):

journey; journeying (the act of traveling from one place to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expedition"):

airing (a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air)

field trip (a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination)


Sense 5expedition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of being prompt and efficient

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

expeditiousness; despatch; dispatch; expedition

Context example:

it was done with dispatch

Hypernyms ("expedition" is a kind of...):

celerity; quickness; rapidity; rapidness; speediness (a rate that is rapid)


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