1 exploration, journey, voyage, field trip, trip, tour, excursion; enterprise, undertaking, mission, quest:
She went on an expedition up the Amazon to research herbal medicines.
2 speed, promptness, celerity, alacrity, dispatch or despatch, haste, rapidity, swiftness, quickness:
He was ordered to complete his chores with expedition.
Finally, the great expedition set off for the long journey to the Holy Land.
| small | joint, international
The British agreed to a joint expedition with the French.
| foreign | successful | collecting, fishing, foraging, hunting, shopping | archaeological, scientific | military, naval | punitive
In response, Charles VI sent a punitive expedition to Brittany, raping and killing the populace.
| Antarctic, Everest, etc.
VERB + EXPEDITION
go on, make
He had made two expeditions to Spain to study wild plants.
| embark on, set off/out on, undertake
She was about to embark on a major expedition.
| head, lead | join | organize, plan | launch, mount
They plan to launch an expedition into the mountains.
EXPEDITION + VERB
leave, set off/out, start | return
The expedition returned only two weeks after it had left.
| reach sth
On 21 January the expedition reached the South Pole.
EXPEDITION + NOUN
on an/the ~
She was out on a shopping expedition.
| ~ against
He led a military expedition against the rebels.
| ~ into
an expedition into the interior of Australia
| ~ to
a naval expedition to West Africa
a leader/member of an expedition
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