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1 a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country [syn: military expedition, hostile expedition]
2 an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose; "an expedition was sent to explore Mars"
3 a journey organized for a particular purpose
4 a journey taken for pleasure; "many summer excursions to the shore"; "it was merely a pleasure trip"; "after cautious sashays into the field" [syn: excursion, jaunt, outing, junket, pleasure trip, sashay]
5 the property of being prompt and efficient; "it was done with dispatch" [syn: dispatch, despatch, expeditiousness]

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From expeditio.


  1. The quality of being expedite; efficient promptness; haste; dispatch; speed; quickness; as to carry the mail with expedition.
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      one of them began to come nearer our boat than at first I expected; but I lay ready for him, for I had loaded my gun with all possible expedition...
  2. A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some object of consequence; progress.
  3. An important enterprise, implying a change of place; especially, a warlike enterprise; a march or a voyage with martial intentions; an excursion by a body of persons for a valuable end; as, a military, naval, exploring, or scientific expedition.
  4. The body of persons making such excursion.
  5. A midsize Ford SUV model. See Ford Expedition


Extensive Definition

Expedition may refer to:
expedition in Czech: Expedice
expedition in German: Expedition (Begriffsklärung)
expedition in Indonesian: Ekspedisi
expedition in Dutch: Expeditie

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