If you spend $60 a month on subway fare, then your monthly transportation cost is $60, meaning it costs you $60 each month to get from one place to another.

The noun transportation often is used to describe the process of moving things. You might make transportation arrangements, for example, for shipping a pet across the country. Transportation can also refer to a formal system for moving things from place to place, like a public transportation system like the subway or public bus or a transportation company that specializes in moving goods from coast to coast.

Definitions of transportation

n the act of moving something from one location to another

conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport
Berlin airlift
airlift in 1948 that supplied food and fuel to citizens of west Berlin when the Russians closed off land access to Berlin
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the transfer from one conveyance to another for shipment
airlift, lift
transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable)
connection, connexion
shifting from one form of transportation to another
bringing, delivery
the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)
the act of driving a herd of animals overland
the act of carrying something
the transportation of goods on a lighter
relocation, resettlement
the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
a hypothetical mode of instantaneous transportation; matter is dematerialized at one place and recreated at another
cattle drive
driving a bovine herd (as cows or bulls or steers)
delivery of supplies or equipment or personnel by dropping them by parachute from an aircraft
the delivery of goods for sale or disposal
handing over, passage
the act of passing something to another person
the delivery and collection of letters and packages
service, service of process, serving
the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone
backpacking, packing
carrying something in a pack on the back
the act of carrying something piggyback
fireman's carry
the act of carrying a person over your shoulder
carrying boats and supplies overland
the transportation of burdens by porters
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the act of changing the location of something

n the act of expelling a person from their native land

“the sentence was one of transportation for life”
deportation, exile, expatriation
Babylonian Captivity
the deportation of the Jews to Babylonia by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC
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banishment, proscription
rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone

n a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods

transit, transportation system
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air transportation system
a transportation system for moving passengers or goods by air
highway system
a transportation system consisting of roads for motor transport
public transit
a public transportation system for moving passengers
short line
a transportation system that operates over relatively short distances
telferage, telpherage
a transportation system in which cars (telphers) are suspended from cables and operated on electricity
hub-and-spoke, hub-and-spoke system
a system of air transportation in which local airports offer air transportation to a central airport where long-distance flights are available
mass rapid transit, rapid transit
an urban public transit system using underground or elevated trains
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facility, installation
a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry

n the commercial enterprise of moving goods and materials

shipping, transport
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air transport, air transportation
transportation by air
ship traffic
hauling, truckage, trucking
the activity of transporting goods by truck
freight, freightage
transporting goods commercially at rates cheaper than express rates
express, expressage
rapid transport of goods
ferry, ferrying
transport by boat or aircraft
cartage, carting
the work of taking something away in a cart or truck and disposing of it
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business, business enterprise, commercial enterprise
the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

n the sum charged for riding in a public conveyance

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the fare charged for traveling by airplane
bus fare, carfare
the fare charged for riding a bus or streetcar
cab fare, taxi fare
the fare charged for riding in a taxicab
train fare
the fare charged for traveling by train
subway fare
the fare charged for riding a subway train
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the price charged for some article or service

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