Definition of voyage in English:



  • A long journey involving travel by sea or in space.

    ‘his voyage to America’
    figurative ‘writing a biography is a voyage of discovery’
    • ‘The programme will feature the intrepid Adam Nicolson on one leg of an epic voyage of discovery that took him six months to complete and that gives viewers a wholly different view of the world.’
    • ‘It made me realise that Manchester had a really great music scene, and it set me off on a voyage of discovery around some of Manchester's record shops.’
    • ‘In 1863 she made her maiden voyage to China and Australia.’
    • ‘We began the return voyage sometime after breakfast.’
    • ‘The problem is that the mundane nature of a long sea voyage is being shown to the audience.’
    • ‘Traveling by steamships, voyages lasted anywhere between seven days to a month.’
    • ‘One of the features of Edinburgh that enchanted me on my voyage of discovery two years ago was the Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens.’
    • ‘Titanic enthusiast Steve Rigby will embark on a voyage of discovery when he set sails on an expedition to see the wreck of the great ship this summer.’
    • ‘The craft began its historic voyage on 16 July 1969, taking off on board a Saturn 5 booster rocket.’
    • ‘Seven British warships and support vessels have set off on a voyage around the world to mark the new millennium.’
    • ‘Long distance travel, voyages and journeys that take us to an unfamiliar environment.’
    • ‘My recent boat trip down the Li River was like a voyage back in time.’
    • ‘The island is much the same way as it was when James Cook sailed by on his way home from his voyage of discovery in 1770.’
    • ‘Although the two ships crossed paths several times on the return voyage, they never made contact.’
    • ‘The ship set sail under Robert Falcon Scott on his famous voyage of discovery to the Antarctic.’
    • ‘Fritz Reiner himself had gone on a figurative voyage of discovery before realizing that this was music worth conducting and recording.’
    • ‘She completed her maiden voyage in May after being officially named in Holland by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Liu won fame as the first Chinese to complete a solo voyage around the world.’
    • ‘The Galileo unmanned spacecraft is about to conclude a 14-year voyage of exploration to Jupiter and its moons.’
    • ‘The Human Genome Project is one of the great feats of exploration in history, an inward voyage of discovery rather than an outward exploration of Earth or the cosmos.’
    journey, trip, expedition, excursion, tour, hike, trek, tramp, safari, pilgrimage, quest, crusade, odyssey
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  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Go on a voyage.

    ‘he spent part of his life voyaging along the South African coast’
    • ‘I thought about my parents, now in their early seventies, still hale but voyaging steadily into old age.’
    • ‘As they voyage through space, the crew have to contend with anti-gravity failures, annoying talking doors and wars with alien races.’
    • ‘Blake, Sefton and crew then voyaged north to the Amazon and another 1,400 miles up the rain-forested Amazon and Negro rivers.’
    • ‘The bridge was quiet as they voyaged on, Allison looking out the viewscreen as her sandy blonde hair fell into her eyes.’
    • ‘OpenUniverse lets you voyage through a simulated solar system, another test of graphics performance.’
    • ‘The story deals with a group of people, including a famous diva, Florencia Grimaldi, voyaging down the Amazon on the steamship El Dorado in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘The Caledonian Canal was engineered to provide shipping with a sheltered alternative to voyaging around the stormy Scottish coast.’
    • ‘Before their colonization by the Europeans and the U.S. in the 1800s, the Polynesians continued voyaging back and forth across the vast distances of the Pacific.’
    • ‘Throughout Iron Age times Hengistbury Head was an important port for ships crossing the English Channel or voyaging along the south coast.’
    • ‘Imagine that you are an intergalactic space traveller, voyaging through the ancient cosmos.’
    • ‘Eventually the compass made its way to Europe and onto the ships Christopher Columbus used to voyage across the Atlantic.’
    • ‘We sat hunched in the cramped cabin space like creatures packed and voyaging through the unknown.’
    • ‘How does he feel, voyaging into the darker recesses of this kind of soul to write about the very thing that he fears most?’
    • ‘We elected not to fly back to the UK - instead, we voyaged up the African coast and through the Suez Canal by Polish cargo ship.’
    • ‘However much a skipper may gripe, maintenance is as much a part of boating as voyaging itself - and (if the truth be told) as enjoyable.’
    • ‘It was a central paradox of Arbus's strongest years, however, that the pursuit of the authentic did not necessarily voyage toward sanity.’
    • ‘Often the answer lies in travelling backwards, closer to his roots, as he did after voyaging in 1911 to India, where his mother had been born.’
    • ‘Navigating through the exhibit, which opens May 1, visitors will voyage through time and around the globe.’
    • ‘Here, plain to see, was a living, shining planet voyaging through space and shared by all of humanity, a precious vessel vulnerable to pollution and to the overuse of its limited capacities.’
    • ‘Their stories didn't stray far from home and hearth, while pulp stories frequently ventured from the Wild West to darkest Africa, or voyaged to the moon or Mars.’
    journey, tour, take a trip, go on a trip, go on an expedition, go on an excursion, go sightseeing, globetrot, backpack
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    1. 1.1archaic with object Sail over or along (a sea or river).
      • ‘The Queen Mary 2 is definitely a luxuriant vessel upon which to voyage the Atlantic ocean.’
      travel, journey, take a trip, go on a trip, go on an expedition, go on an excursion, tour, globetrot
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Middle English (as a noun denoting a journey): from Old French voiage, from Latin viaticum ‘provisions for a journey’ (in late Latin ‘journey’).