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verb travel pronunciation in British English /ˈtræv(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to go on a journey or visit different places, especially places that are far away from where you live or work

    I wish I didn’t have to travel so much.

    Matt spends much of his time travelling abroad.

    He is very well-travelled (=he has travelled a lot).

    travel to:

    Joe recently travelled to Australia on business.

    travel in/around:

    We’ll be spending two weeks travelling around Spain.

    travel the world/country etc:

    Ben’s dream is to travel the world.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to go from one place to another, especially in a vehicle

    Did you have to travel far to get here?

    travel by car/bus/train etc:

    I usually travel by bus.

    travel on foot/horseback:

    The refugees had travelled on foot across the mountains.

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    1. a.
      [intransitive] to go to another time or place in your imagination

      Let’s travel back in time to the 19th century.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to go a particular distance

      Most people are prepared to travel reasonable distances to work.

      We travelled 300 miles on Saturday.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive] to spread from one place to another in a way that affects or influences a lot of people

    Rumours travel fast.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to move at a particular speed
    travel at 50 miles/100 kilometres etc per hour:

    The car was travelling at about 80 miles per hour.

    1. a.
      informal to move very fast

      This car can really travel!

  5. 5
    [intransitive] if light or sound travels from one place to another, it moves there
    1. a.
      if your eyes travel from one place to another, you look at one thing and then another

      His gaze travelled around the room.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] in basketball, to take more steps than the rules allow while you are holding the ball

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