A container or vehicle, which has been built, equipped and approved to meet specific standards of construction and security. HM Customs & Revenue Glossary

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vehicle ve‧hi‧cle [ˈviːɪkl] noun [countable]
1. formal a vehicle for (doing) something something used as a way of achieving a particular result:

• The subsidiary is expected to become the primary growth vehicle for the company.

• Corporations are more efficient vehicles for reinvestment than partnerships.

2. a particular type of investment:

• Mutual funds are an appropriate vehicle for investors who don't want to lock their money up.

• Analysts see the stock market as the investment vehicle of choice this year.

3. a car, bus etc
comˌmercial ˈvehicle [countable] TRANSPORT
a vehicle such as a truck or Van, used for transporting goods:

• The firm produces components for commercial vehicles.

ˈgoods ˌvehicle TRANSPORT
a road vehicle used for carrying goods:

• In Britain in 1918 there were 78,000 cars, and nearly as many buses and goods vehicles.

ˌheavy ˈgoods ˌvehicle abbreviation HGV TRANSPORT
ˌlarge ˈgoods ˌvehicle abbreviation LGV TRANSPORT
a very large road vehicle for carrying goods. This term has officially replaced heavy goods vehicle.:

• The volume of movement of large goods vehicles along the approach roads seriously affected the residents' enjoyment of their properties.

ˌpublic ˈservice ˌvehicle abbreviation PSV TRAVEL
LAW a bus used by the public

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vehicle UK US /ˈviːɪkl/ noun [C]
TRANSPORT a car, bus, truck, etc.: »

The tollways are used daily by 1.3 million vehicles.

a commercial/domestic/recreational vehicle »

Domestic vehicle sales will remain strong for a while.

something that can be used as a way of achieving, producing, or expressing something: a vehicle for sth »

Strong leadership was seen as the major vehicle for bringing about successful change.

FINANCE a type of investment: a savings/investment vehicle »

The company has announced the launch of new internet investment vehicles for Asia, Europe, and Latin America.


In the future we'll see new vehicles and new ways of producing the money that you need.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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