v. trav·eled or trav·elled, trav·el·ing or trav·el·ling, trav·els
- To go from one place to another, as on a trip; journey.
- To go from place to place as a salesperson or agent.
- To be transmitted, as light or sound; move or pass.
- To advance or proceed.
- To go about in the company of a particular group; associate: travels in wealthy circles.
- To move along a course, as in a groove.
- To admit of being transported without loss of quality; Some wines travel poorly.
- Informal To move swiftly.
- Basketball To walk or run illegally while holding the ball.
- To pass or journey over or through; traverse: travel the roads of Europe.
- The act or process of travelling; movement or passage from one place to another.
- A series of journeys.
- An account of one’s journeys.
- Activity or traffic along a route or through a given point.
- The activity or business of arranging trips or providing services for travellers.
- The motion of a piece of machinery, especially of a reciprocating part; stroke.
- The length of a mechanical stroke.
Late 14c., “to journey,” from travailen (1300) “to make a journey,” originally “to toil, labor” (see travail). The semantic development may have been via the notion of “go on a difficult journey,” but it may also reflect the difficulty of going anywhere in the Middle Ages. Replaced Old English faran. Travels “accounts of journeys” is recorded from 1590s. Traveled “experienced in travel” is from early 15c. Traveling salesman is attested from 1885.