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 ship set sail under Robert Falcon Scott on his famous voyage of discovery to the Antarctic.’
    • ‘My recent boat trip down the Li River was like a voyage back in time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the two ships crossed paths several times on the return voyage, they never made contact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Liu won fame as the first Chinese to complete a solo voyage around the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We began the return voyage sometime after breakfast.’
    • ‘The craft began its historic voyage on 16 July 1969, taking off on board a Saturn 5 booster rocket.’
    • ‘The problem is that the mundane nature of a long sea voyage is being shown to the audience.’
    • ‘She completed her maiden voyage in May after being officially named in Holland by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Traveling by steamships, voyages lasted anywhere between seven days to a month.’
    • ‘Long distance travel, voyages and journeys that take us to an unfamiliar environment.’
    • ‘Fritz Reiner himself had gone on a figurative voyage of discovery before realizing that this was music worth conducting and recording.’
    • ‘In 1863 she made her maiden voyage to China and Australia.’
    journey, trip, expedition, excursion, tour, hike, trek, tramp, safari, pilgrimage, quest, crusade, odyssey
    crossing, cruise, sail, sailing, passage, flight, drive
    travels, globetrotting, journeying, wandering
    peregrination, itineration
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  • 1 Go on a voyage:

    ‘he spent part of his life voyaging along the South African coast’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘OpenUniverse lets you voyage through a simulated solar system, another test of graphics performance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Caledonian Canal was engineered to provide shipping with a sheltered alternative to voyaging around the stormy Scottish coast.’
    • ‘The bridge was quiet as they voyaged on, Allison looking out the viewscreen as her sandy blonde hair fell into her eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How does he feel, voyaging into the darker recesses of this kind of soul to write about the very thing that he fears most?’
    • ‘Blake, Sefton and crew then voyaged north to the Amazon and another 1,400 miles up the rain-forested Amazon and Negro rivers.’
    • ‘Navigating through the exhibit, which opens May 1, visitors will voyage through time and around the globe.’
    • ‘We sat hunched in the cramped cabin space like creatures packed and voyaging through the unknown.’
    • ‘Throughout Iron Age times Hengistbury Head was an important port for ships crossing the English Channel or voyaging along the south coast.’
    • ‘Eventually the compass made its way to Europe and onto the ships Christopher Columbus used to voyage across the Atlantic.’
    • ‘As they voyage through space, the crew have to contend with anti-gravity failures, annoying talking doors and wars with alien races.’
    • ‘Imagine that you are an intergalactic space traveller, voyaging through the ancient cosmos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thought about my parents, now in their early seventies, still hale but voyaging steadily into old age.’
    • ‘It was a central paradox of Arbus's strongest years, however, that the pursuit of the authentic did not necessarily voyage toward sanity.’
    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
      sail, steam, cruise, fly, drive
      gallivant, do, knock about, knock around
      peregrinate, itinerate
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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).