expedition

An expedition is an organized journey that is undertaken for a particular purpose, like a group of scientists launching an expedition to South America to seek out a new medicinal herb.

An expedition is no walk in the park. It's a serious journey, often with a very specific purpose undertaken by several people and lots of equipment. Sometimes, it can even be dangerous, like when the arctic adventurer was attacked by polar bears during an expedition to the Arctic. Needless to say, he hung up his explorer's hat after that expedition.

Definitions of expedition
  1. noun
    an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose
    “an expedition was sent to explore Mars”
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    examples:
    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    an expedition sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the northwestern territories of the United States; led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; traveled from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River from 1803 to 1806
    type of:
    working group, working party
    a group of people working together temporarily until some goal is achieved
  2. noun
    a journey organized for a particular purpose
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    types:
    scouting trip
    an expedition undertaken to gain information
    campaign, hunting expedition, safari
    an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
    exploration, geographic expedition
    travel for the purpose of discovery
    type of:
    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  3. noun
    a journey taken for pleasure
    synonyms: excursion, jaunt, junket, outing, pleasure trip, sashay
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    types:
    airing
    a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air
    field trip
    a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination
    type of:
    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  4. noun
    a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
    synonyms: hostile expedition, military expedition
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    types:
    Crusade
    any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe tried to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims
    type of:
    campaign, military campaign
    several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
  5. noun
    the property of being prompt and efficient
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