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 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.’
    • ‘We began the return voyage sometime after breakfast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seven British warships and support vessels have set off on a voyage around the world to mark the new millennium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Galileo unmanned spacecraft is about to conclude a 14-year voyage of exploration to Jupiter and its moons.’
    • ‘My recent boat trip down the Li River was like a voyage back in time.’
    • ‘Fritz Reiner himself had gone on a figurative voyage of discovery before realizing that this was music worth conducting and recording.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The craft began its historic voyage on 16 July 1969, taking off on board a Saturn 5 booster rocket.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The problem is that the mundane nature of a long sea voyage is being shown to the audience.’
    • ‘Long distance travel, voyages and journeys that take us to an unfamiliar environment.’
    • ‘Liu won fame as the first Chinese to complete a solo voyage around the world.’
    • ‘Traveling by steamships, voyages lasted anywhere between seven days to a month.’
    • ‘She completed her maiden voyage in May after being officially named in Holland by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1863 she made her maiden voyage to China and Australia.’
    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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bridge was quiet as they voyaged on, Allison looking out the viewscreen as her sandy blonde hair fell into her eyes.’
    • ‘The Caledonian Canal was engineered to provide shipping with a sheltered alternative to voyaging around the stormy Scottish coast.’
    • ‘As they voyage through space, the crew have to contend with anti-gravity failures, annoying talking doors and wars with alien races.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Blake, Sefton and crew then voyaged north to the Amazon and another 1,400 miles up the rain-forested Amazon and Negro rivers.’
    • ‘OpenUniverse lets you voyage through a simulated solar system, another test of graphics performance.’
    • ‘Navigating through the exhibit, which opens May 1, visitors will voyage through time and around the globe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Imagine that you are an intergalactic space traveller, voyaging through the ancient cosmos.’
    • ‘Throughout Iron Age times Hengistbury Head was an important port for ships crossing the English Channel or voyaging along the south 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a central paradox of Arbus's strongest years, however, that the pursuit of the authentic did not necessarily voyage toward sanity.’
    • ‘How does he feel, voyaging into the darker recesses of this kind of soul to write about the very thing that he fears most?’
    • ‘Eventually the compass made its way to Europe and onto the ships Christopher Columbus used to voyage across the Atlantic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We sat hunched in the cramped cabin space like creatures packed and voyaging through the unknown.’
    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’).