traverse Definition

  • 1to move or travel through an area
  • 2to cross something, especially a mountain or area of water
  • 3to go up, down, or across something, especially a slope

Using traverse: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "traverse" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We traversed the desert in three days.

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    The hikers traversed the mountain range.

  • Example

    The ship traversed the Atlantic Ocean.

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    She carefully traversed the icy path.

traverse Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for traverse

Idioms Using traverse

  • to travel all around the world


    The adventurer traversed the globe in search of new experiences.

  • to navigate difficult or challenging terrain


    The army unit had to traverse the rugged terrain to reach their destination.

  • to overcome differences or obstacles between two groups or individuals


    The mediator helped the two sides traverse the divide and come to a compromise.

Phrases with traverse

  • to cover a certain distance


    The marathon runners traversed a distance of 26.2 miles.

  • to discuss or explore a topic in depth


    The professor traversed the topic of climate change in her lecture.

  • to move across a slope, either uphill or downhill


    The skier expertly traversed the steep slope.

Origins of traverse

from Old French 'traverser', meaning 'to cross'


Summary: traverse in Brief

The verb 'traverse' [trəˈvɜːs] means to move or travel through an area, cross something like a mountain or area of water, or go up, down, or across something like a slope. It can be used in phrases like 'traverse a distance' or 'traverse a topic,' and idioms like 'traverse the globe,' which means to travel all around the world. 'Traverse' has formal synonyms like 'cross' and 'transverse,' and informal ones like 'go across' and 'make one's way through.'

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