Expedition



[ek-spi-dish-uh n] /ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ ən/

noun
1.
an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.
2.
the group of persons, ships, etc., engaged in such an activity:
a large expedition of scientists and military personnel.
3.
promptness or speed in accomplishing something:
He worked with great expedition.
/ˌɛkspɪˈdɪʃən/
noun
1.
an organized journey or voyage for a specific purpose, esp for exploration or for a scientific or military purpose
2.
the people and equipment comprising an expedition
3.
a pleasure trip; excursion
4.
promptness in acting; dispatch
n.

early 15c., “military campaign; the act of rapidly setting forth,” from Middle French expédition (13c.) and directly from Latin expeditionem (nominative expeditio), noun of action from past participle stem of expedire (see expedite). Meaning “journey for some purpose” is from 1590s. Sense by 1690s also included the body of persons on such a journey. Related: Expeditionary.

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