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Definition of trip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a journey to a place and back again, especially a short one for pleasure or a particular purpose Did you have a good trip? We went on a trip out west. a day trip (= lasting a day) a boat/bus trip a business/school/shopping trip They took a trip down the river. We had to make several trips to bring all the equipment over. Topic CollocationsTravel and Tourismvacations have/take a vacation/a break/a day off/a year off/time off go on/be on vacation/leave/honeymoon/safari/sabbatical/a trip/a tour/a cruise/a pilgrimage go backpacking/camping/sightseeing plan a trip/a vacation/your itinerary reserve a hotel room/a flight/tickets have/make/cancel a reservation rent a condo/a vacation home/a cabin rent a car/bicycle/moped/scooter/Jet Ski stay in a hotel/a bed and breakfast/a youth hostel/a villa/a trailer/a vacation home/a resort/a timeshare cost/charge $100 a/per night for a suite/a single/double/twin room check into/out of a hotel/a motel/your room pack/unpack your suitcase/bags call/order room service cancel/cut short a trip/vacationforeign travel apply for/get/renew a/your passport take out/buy/get travel insurance catch/miss your plane/train/ferry/connecting flight fly (in)/travel (in) first/business/economy class make/have a brief/two-day/twelve-hour layover/stopover in Hong Kong experience/cause/lead to delays check (in)/collect/get/lose your baggage/luggage be charged for/pay excess baggage fees board/get on/leave/get off the aircraft/plane/ship/ferry taxi down/leave/approach/hit/overshoot the runway experience/hit/encounter (mild/severe) turbulence suffer from/recover from/get over your jet lag/motion sickness be seasick/carsickthe tourist industry attract/draw/bring tourists/visitors encourage/promote/hurt tourism promote/develop ecotourism build/develop/visit a tourist/tropical/beach/ski resort work for/be operated by a major hotel chain be served by/compete with low-fare/low-cost/budget airlines use/go to/have a travel agent contact/check with your travel agent/tour operator buy/be on/go on a package deal/vacation/tour buy/bring back (tacky/overpriced) souvenirs see also ego trip, field trip, round trip
  2. 2(slang) the experience that someone has if they take a powerful drug that affects the mind and makes them imagine things an acid (= LSD) trip
  3. 3an act of falling or nearly falling down, because you hit your foot against something
  4. Thesaurustripjourney tour commute expedition excursion outingThese are all words for an act of traveling to a place.trip an act of traveling from one place to another, and usually back again:a business trip a five-minute trip by taxijourney an act of traveling from one place to another, especially when they are far apart:a long and difficult journey across the mountainstrip or journey?A trip usually involves you going to a place and back again; a journey is usually one-way. A trip is often shorter than a journey, although it does not have to be:a trip to New York a round-the-world trip. It is often short in time, even if it is long in distance. Journey is more often used when the traveling takes a long time and is difficult.tour a journey made for pleasure during which several different places are visited:a tour of Californiacommute the regular trip that a person makes when they travel to work and back home again:a two-hour commute into downtown Washingtonexpedition an organized journey with a particular purpose, especially to find out about a place that is not well known:the first expedition to the South Poleexcursion a short trip made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people:We went on an all-day excursion to the island.outing a short trip made for pleasure or education, usually with a group of people and lasting no more than a day:My project team organized an afternoon outing to celebrate.Patterns an overseas trip/journey/tour/expedition a bus/train trip/journey/tour to go on a(n) trip/journey/tour/expedition/excursion/outing to set out/off on a(n) trip/journey/tour/expedition/excursion to take a(n) trip/journey/expedition/excursionIdioms
    a guilt trip (informal)
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    things you say to someone in order to make them feel guilty about something Don't lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: trip