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expedition

ex·pe·di·tion

expedition

 
pronunciation:
ek spih dI shn
features:
Word History, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an outing or journey taken for a specific purpose, or the organized group, with its equipment and conveyances, undertaking such a trip.
We'll go on a shopping expedition when we get to Paris.He led an expedition to the North Pole.
similar words:
adventure, excursion, exploration, field trip, journey, outing, pilgrimage, safari, trip, voyage
definition 2: efficiency and speed of accomplishment; dispatch.
She was praised for the expedition with which she performed her duties.
synonyms:
dispatch, efficiency, promptness
antonyms:
procrastination
similar words:
alacrity, celerity, speed
Word History
Expedition comes from a Latin word that means "to free the feet." "Ped," which forms part of the word "expedition," means "foot" or "feet" in Latin. Other English words which contain "ped" and come from Latin include pedal and quadruped.