Definition of journey in English:



  • 1An act of traveling from one place to another.

    ‘she went on a long journey’
    • ‘The trip is marked down as a return journey, but it is not known when he went back to the capital.’
    • ‘I had to get off the bus halfway through my journey, find another bus and return home to check.’
    • ‘I bought a paper on the return journey last night and had a go at the crossword.’
    • ‘Several travelled long journeys to pay their respects and sympathize with the family.’
    • ‘To add insult to injury, many journeys could be walked in 20 minutes or less.’
    • ‘It means rail passengers will no longer have to transfer to buses for journeys around Stockport.’
    • ‘I would finish each day dripping with sweat, the return journey was nearly all up hill.’
    • ‘This is not a problem on short journeys but on a long haul it can literally become a pain in the neck.’
    • ‘The journey begins and ends in London, and has stops in 30 cities along the way.’
    • ‘Travelling to and from work also frequently involves long journeys in a fixed position.’
    • ‘It may be a long journey, but a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’
    • ‘I went on two train journeys, the first to go and visit my mother, and the second to return to London again.’
    • ‘We follow the mysterious journey of a man who walks into a town that rejects him.’
    • ‘The first part of my trip was the train journey from Edinburgh to London with a stinking cold.’
    • ‘He was halfway through on his return journey when a light flicked on in the passageway.’
    • ‘It was also said that one leg of a planned flight involved a journey from Manchester.’
    • ‘Of course not all train journeys are mere holiday excursions laid on for the benefit of time-rich tourists.’
    • ‘Passengers were warned to leave extra time for their journeys but some people missed their flights.’
    • ‘Jumbo jets that fly passengers on long haul journeys across the world will not be coming to Southampton Airport.’
    • ‘Often his journeys involve long treks through remote regions, giving him time to look and think.’
    trip, expedition, period of travelling, tour, trek, voyage, cruise, safari, ride, drive, transfer
    crossing, passage, flight
    travels, wandering, roaming, roving, globetrotting
    odyssey, pilgrimage
    excursion, outing, jaunt
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    1. 1.1A long and often difficult process of personal change and development.
      ‘her spiritual journey towards Roman Catholicism’
      ‘I was excited with my character's journey in the film’
      • ‘His highly charged exchanges with Patterson Joseph as Othello, take the audience on a gripping journey, culminating in a moving climax. "’
      • ‘She then offers you information about where to find support and resources as you begin the journey toward your child's wellness.’
      • ‘I have hurt so many people on my journey through addiction.’
      • ‘His new book, Death by Meeting, is a journey into meeting hell.’
      • ‘Contemporary dance is each artiste's journey of enquiry, Jayachandran observed.’
      • ‘Don's inner journey is released.’
      • ‘My journey into the subject started when I had the good fortune to enroll in Irwin Silverman's third year undergraduate course on the topic.’
      • ‘He then sets out on a long journey to clear his name.’
      • ‘He travels out to Africa incognito to re-deliver the feathers personally: a perilous journey of redemption.’
      • ‘Through that, the album reads like a journey into darkness and back to scorching sunlight.’
      • ‘I know that there has got to be a reason for everything, and the way we come to love one another can be a painful journey.’
      • ‘The people of Ngati Tuwharetoa in the Bay of Plenty are reaching the end of a long journey of acceptence.’
      • ‘Inheritance follows Monika and Helen on their difficult, personal journeys and I was glad the camera afforded me the chance to share their experience.’
      • ‘For celebrated Chinese director Zhang Yimou, The Road Home represents a short journey on a path not previously taken in his career.’
      • ‘My journey with sound essences began in 1998.’
      • ‘But I nary not mention my displeasure and dread and off we embarked to Spencer's Plaza on a journey of discovery.’
      • ‘Many such enterprises appear to involve a journey through a tunnel with a bright light at the end.’
      • ‘Now, though, she would begin a new journey, a new life, if one as old as she could ask for such a thing.’
      • ‘Then he should have prepared his reader for the journey they were embarking upon.’
      • ‘Hedman has been on a journey of self-discovery.’


  • Travel somewhere.

    ‘they journeyed south’
    • ‘They journeyed back to Bombay for their wedding and later settled in Bridgewater, NJ.’
    • ‘It's been 33 years since humans have set foot on the moon or journeyed beyond the close orbit of the Earth.’
    • ‘These carriages journeyed on railways throughout the country and traveled to the most remote villages.’
    • ‘We will have to spend a few hours journeying down in a bus, which is bound to take its toll.’
    • ‘It must have been heart-breaking for them leaving homes and families and journeying to this strange land.’
    • ‘Advance bookings exceeded all expectations and well over 1,000 anglers journeyed to the resort to compete.’
    • ‘Then they would be journeying to Iran, Turkey and then Greece.’
    • ‘Family members, together with some friends, journeyed to England for the funeral ceremonies.’
    • ‘She journeyed home on a regular basis over the years, always liking to keep in touch with her native village and district.’
    • ‘He traveled the world, and everywhere he journeyed, he offered help and kindness.’
    • ‘In the middle of July gone by, she journeyed to America to meet friends and enjoy a vacation and had a marvellous time.’
    • ‘Karen contacted her landlord who immediately journeyed from Blackpool.’
    • ‘A number of the family have journeyed from England while Nora and her husband are over from Chicago.’
    • ‘But he has other reasons for journeying to a part of the world which he ‘loves everything about.’’
    • ‘By journeying to Baghdad, Mr. Bush signaled that such a commitment exists.’
    • ‘Family relations and friends journeyed to England for the ceremonies.’
    • ‘A number of people from Castlerea journeyed to Manchester for the funeral.’
    • ‘People journeyed from various parts of the country to pay their respects.’
    • ‘Last week we journeyed to Bridlington and Scarborough to reminisce about bygone summer holidays.’
    • ‘They journeyed to and from Dublin Airport and were blessed with excellent weather on their vacation.’
    travel, go, voyage, sail, cruise, fly, hike, trek, ride, drive, make one's way, wend one's way
    go on a trip, take a trip, go on an expedition, go on an excursion, go on a tour, tour, go on safari
    globetrot, backpack
    roam, rove, ramble, wander, meander
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Middle 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 (see diurnal).