Definition of vehicle in English:



  • 1A thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, lorry, or cart.

    ‘the vehicle was sent skidding across the road’
    ‘a heavy goods vehicle’
    • ‘Many buses and large transport vehicles were sent to evacuate the community.’
    • ‘Officials from the Ministry of Transport want heavy vehicles to also be held to the same low exhaust emission standards as cars.’
    • ‘The Convention, like our Act, deals with vessels, aircraft and land vehicles, but puts them into separate sub-articles.’
    • ‘Most of them drive fork lift trucks, farm machinery, heavy goods vehicles, coaches, or buses.’
    • ‘First reports to the police indicated three vehicles, including the lorry and Corsa, were involved in the incident.’
    • ‘Company bosses said the payment was because they accepted that they should try to minimise the impact of quarry vehicles where heavy lorries used village roads.’
    • ‘The purpose of a fire lane is to regulate travel over district land by vehicles such as ambulances, and to provide a means of partial access for private owners.’
    • ‘The scheme involves track large enough to take huge trains and wagons, which would carry heavy goods vehicles, taking lorries off the congested motorway system.’
    • ‘Possible modes of transport include ambulances, local transport vehicles, military vehicles, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and rescue boats.’
    • ‘So did the early Indo Europeans till the land and possess wheeled vehicles?’
    • ‘Margaret enjoyed a long life and saw many changes in her lifetime, particularly on the land where machine-driven vehicles replaced much of the manual labour of the past.’
    • ‘Checkpoints sprung up on roads and police pulled aside vehicles ranging from hay carts to ribbon - decked wedding cars for checks.’
    • ‘One part of the terminal is onshore, and land transport vehicles will be unloaded there.’
    • ‘As discussed in the accompanying article, land vehicles such as buses can navigate using dead reckoning.’
    • ‘He explained to the Western People that an old dinghy, which has been patched up by his son on the morning of the accident, proved to be the rescue vehicle for the drowning family.’
    • ‘The council wants to build a car park for 27 vehicles on the land behind the club to encourage shoppers and tourists to spend time in the town.’
    • ‘Landowners are worried about the impact of trail bikes and four-wheel vehicles on their land.’
    • ‘According to police, the two vehicles collided as the lorry turned right into West Street.’
    • ‘A number of attractions are planned involving transport from vintage vehicles to hot-air balloon rides.’
    • ‘Flatbed trucks transporting armoured vehicles pulled out of another base.’
    • ‘Under current conditions, the need has been for small robotic vehicles rather than a vehicle to transport humans.’
    automobile, motor vehicle, motorized vehicle, means of transport, conveyance, machine
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  • 2A thing used to express, embody, or fulfil something.

    ‘I use paint as a vehicle for my ideas’
    • ‘But if there are no identities, why, in that case, is the struggle for power always a vehicle for instrumentalisation?’
    • ‘Instead, they should be viewed as a vehicle for instilling loyalty in the company for the medium to long term, encouraging employees to ride out short - term volatility.’
    • ‘Four computer terminals connected to the internet provide the vehicle for people to carry out school work, general internet inquiries, business work and even shopping.’
    • ‘Part of the reason for this is that the federal government's power to accede to international treaties has on occasion been a vehicle for increasing federal power.’
    • ‘And without a doubt, the GOP has merely become a vehicle for unbridled corporate power.’
    • ‘Political reform should be sweeping and thorough, not a quick fix as a vehicle for maximizing votes in general elections slated for April, 2004.’
    • ‘They are alarmed even though religious values are serving more as a brake on cultural reform than a vehicle for overturning the left's past advances.’
    • ‘For her, the vehicle for the transformation of the deprived woman into an independent individual and in most cases the breadwinner of the family has been teaching.’
    • ‘But those were explorations of a percussion instrument, not a vehicle for melodic lines.’
    • ‘And yet none of the current candidates has been capable of becoming the vehicle for those forces.’
    • ‘The bare bones instrumentation is a perfect vehicle for her, and her timing and feel are just right.’
    • ‘He has previously peppered speeches with claims of being a vehicle for divine power.’
    • ‘Handmade beaded lampshades became a vehicle for artistic fulfilment.’
    • ‘Its aim is to act as a vehicle for teenagers to work intensively with professional practitioners in the arts.’
    • ‘‘Without doubt humour is a vehicle for exposing prejudices but I am against jokes that normalise violence,’ Cara says.’
    • ‘Our task is surely not to overthrow globalization, but to capture and use it as a vehicle for humanity's first global democratic revolution.’
    • ‘The difficulty is compounded by the fact that the basic vehicle for Shankar's classical style of sitar playing is the improvised raga, which might easily extend for half an hour or more.’
    • ‘The aim is to promote forestry as a vehicle for rural development, environmental improvement, wild life conservation and the provision of an amenity.’
    • ‘Wine can either be a way for people to enjoy each other's company with a little heightened intensity, or it can be used as a vehicle for power.’
    • ‘One is nationalism: the basic force which was the vehicle for the revolutions.’
    channel, medium, means, means of expression, agency, agent, instrument, mechanism, organ, apparatus, structure, machine, machinery
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    1. 2.1A substance that facilitates the use of a drug, pigment, or other material mixed with it.
      ‘casein was used as a vehicle for pigments by the medieval painters’
      • ‘The pigments, applied with water as a vehicle, are bound by the carbonation of the slaked lime in the fresh plaster.’
      • ‘Such liposomes are in current therapeutic use as vehicles for in-vivo drug delivery.’
      • ‘On the other hand, aerosolized particles that circumvent the blood-brain barrier might someday serve as delivery vehicles for drugs.’
      • ‘The pill is unfortunately too expensive to serve as a food preserver, but researchers are already working on a cheaper nitric oxide vehicle.’
  • 3A film, television programme, song, etc. that is intended to display the leading performer to the best advantage.

    ‘a vehicle for a star who was one of Hollywood's hottest properties’
    • ‘However, the stage has remained his first love and with Jekyll and Hyde, you get the feeling he believes he has found the perfect vehicle for his considerable acting and vocal talents.’
    • ‘Where these films went wrong and the original Carry On films went right, is that most of the modern crop of British comedy films are star vehicles as opposed to ensemble pieces.’
    • ‘Coward wrote the comedy as a star vehicle, with no less a man than himself in mind for the central role of Garry Essendine.’
    • ‘In contrast to the thundering horde on stage in The Crucible, Lotte is a vehicle for one actress, in this case, Zsigovics' spouse, Bobo Vian.’
    • ‘K Street is a natural vehicle for Clooney's talents.’
    • ‘It might have been, so rumour had it, a film vehicle for those Latino leading ladies Madonna and Jennifer Lopez.’
    • ‘Fed up with television executives and studios, the star of Monty Python and Fawlty Towers set up the website last month as a vehicle for his humour and personal philosophy.’
    • ‘Har Mar, meanwhile, still relatively unknown in this country, has cleverly made the Vladivar ads into a vehicle for selling his own persona as much as the product.’
    • ‘The songs are vehicles for James' expressiveness and storytelling.’
  • 4A privately controlled company through which an individual or organization conducts a particular kind of business, especially investment.

    • ‘Hedge funds are being promoted as the latest attractive investment vehicle for wealthy individuals.’
    • ‘Trackers don't employ high-priced managers, which means that their charges are far lower than most investment vehicles.’
    • ‘Successive British governments have exposed millions of people to the vagaries of the stock market through private pensions and vehicles like ISAs.’
    • ‘If you choose to have an interest-only mortgage, you'll need to pay into some form of investment vehicle that will produce a lump sum to pay off your mortgage at the end of its term.’
    • ‘Most companies offer investment vehicles, such as mutual funds, that are already managed by experienced and qualified money managers.’
    • ‘It's just a question as to what investment vehicles are best for each individual.’
    • ‘Hedge funds have been extremely successful investment vehicles, even through the recent market turmoil.’
    • ‘Residential property has been, for many decades in Ireland, the investment vehicle of choice for private investors.’
    • ‘Hedge funds are pooled investment vehicles which aim to make money for their investors regardless of whether shares rise or fall.’
    • ‘Why can the government not provide the investment vehicle - which could then provide a pension fund that does not penalise you when you move jobs as is now common.’
    • ‘There are five primary investment vehicles in the managed-money environment, each offering different features and benefits.’
    • ‘Malone confirmed that an investment vehicle representing a group of private individuals was the new shareholder in the company.’
    • ‘Two common repayment vehicles are tax-free share ISAs and personal pensions.’
    • ‘If you are intrigued by hedge funds, and want to know how these investment vehicles seem to make money from thin air, then the following four books are worth putting on your reading list this Christmas.’
    • ‘A spread of funds or different investment vehicles is a better approach to take, provided it doesn't mean you are paying significantly more in fees and charges.’
    • ‘But the issue here is on whose directions the investment vehicle was structured.’
    • ‘These investment vehicles can experience market fluctuations and sometimes provide returns below the overall market.’
    • ‘If you want to create enough wealth to pass on to your children, then you have to invest in financial vehicles that produce long-term value.’
    • ‘The fund manager reckons that these investment vehicles have a coherent overall asset allocation strategy.’
    • ‘Hedge funds are still largely misunderstood as investment vehicles.’


Early 17th century: from French véhicule or Latin vehiculum, from vehere carry.