Definition of journey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɜːni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɜːrni//
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 an act of travelling from one place to another, especially when they are far apart They went on a long train journey across India. Did you have a good journey? on the outward/return journey We broke our journey (= stopped for a short time) in Madrid. (British English) Don't use the car for short journeys. It's a day's journey by car. (British English) I'm afraid you've had a wasted journey (= you cannot do what you have come to do). (informal) Bye!Safe journey! (= used when somebody is beginning a journey) (figurative) The book describes a spiritual journey from despair to happiness. Synonymstripjourney tour expedition excursion outing day outThese are all words for an act of travelling to a place.trip an act of travelling from one place to another, and usually back again:a business trip a five-minute trip by taxijourney an act of travelling from one place to another, especially when they are a long way 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 travelling takes a long time and is difficult. In North American English journey is not used for short trips(British English) What is your journey to work like?tour a journey made for pleasure during which several different places are visited:a tour of Bavariaexpedition 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:The children were on a day’s outing from school.day out a trip to somewhere for a day, especially for pleasure:We had a day out at the beach.Patterns a(n) foreign/​overseas trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition a bus/​coach/​train/​rail trip/​journey/​tour to go on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion/​outing/​day out to set out/​off on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion to make a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion Wordfindercommute, departure, destination, excursion, expedition, itinerary, journey, pilgrimage, safari, travel Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French jornee ‘day, a day's travel, a day's work’ (the earliest senses in English), based on Latin diurnum ‘daily portion’, from diurnus ‘daily’, from dies ‘day’.Extra examples Dawn was breaking as we set out on the last leg of our journey. Few people have made this journey and lived to tell the tale. He made the emotional journey back to the house he grew up in. He wasn’t there and we had a wasted journey. He wrote a column chronicling his journeys around the Americas. Her search took her on an incredible journey across the world. His journey took him across central Asia. I hope you had a good journey. The bus driver told us where to change buses for our onward journey. The bus journey from London to Athens took 60 hours. The development of her poetry reflects her inner spiritual journey. The journey continued in silence. The journey takes about five hours. The library was closed when I got there, so it was a wasted journey. They continued their journey on foot. They doubted that he would survive the journey to the nearest hospital. They were on a journey to the Far East. This is the story of the first astronauts and their journey into the unknown. We broke our return journey in Bangkok. a journey by air, bus, land, sea, etc. a journey of 300 miles a journey of five days an epic journey across Africa on foot the journey down the Rhine I’m afraid you’ve had a wasted journey. It was a long and difficult journey across the mountains. It’s a journey time of about five hours.
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