n. pl. jour·neys
a. The act of traveling from one place to another, especially when involving a considerable distance; a trip.
b. A distance to be traveled or the time required for a trip: a 2,000-mile journey to the Pacific; the three-day journey home.
2. A process or course likened to traveling, such as a series of trying experiences; a passage: the journey from addiction to recovery.
v. jour·neyed, jour·ney·ing, jour·neys
To make a journey; travel.
To travel over or through.
[Middle English journei, day, day's travel, journey, from Old French jornee, from Vulgar Latin *diurnāta, from Late Latin diurnum, day, from neuter of Latin diurnus, of a day, from diēs, day; see DIARY.]
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