Meaning of VEHICLE in English


ve ‧ hi ‧ cle S2 W2 AC /ˈviːɪk ə l/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ vehicle ; adjective : ↑ vehicular ]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: French ; Origin: véhicule , from Latin vehiculum , from vehere 'to carry' ]

1 . formal a machine with an engine that is used to take people or things from one place to another, such as a car, bus, or truck ⇨ motor vehicle :

a description of the stolen vehicle

Have you locked your vehicle?

2 . [usually singular] formal something you use to express and spread your ideas, opinions etc SYN medium

vehicle for

The 1936 Olympics were used as a vehicle for Nazi propaganda.

‘Eastern Eye’ is an important vehicle for Black British opinion.

3 . [usually singular] a film, television programme etc that is made to gain public attention for one of the people in it

vehicle for

This is the perfect vehicle for Fleming to make his triumphant return to the stage.

MGM made the film as a star vehicle for Brando.

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