tour ( tours plural & 3rd person present) ( touring present participle) ( toured past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A tour is an organized trip that people such as musicians, politicians, or theatre companies go on to several different places, stopping to meet people or perform.
usu with supp
The band are currently on a two-month tour of Europe..., ...a presidential campaign tour in Illinois. When people are travelling on a tour, you can say that they are on tour.
on tour phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
The band will be going on tour...
2 verb When people such as musicians, politicians, or theatre companies tour, they go on a tour, for example in order to perform or to meet people.
A few years ago they toured the country in a roadshow... V n
He toured for nearly two years and played 500 sell-out shows... V
3 n-count A tour is a journey during which you visit several places that interest you.
oft N of n
It was week five of my tour of the major cities of Europe.
4 n-count A tour is a short trip that you make round a place, for example round a historical building, so that you can look at it.
oft N of n
...a guided tour of a ruined Scottish castle.
5 verb If you tour a place, you go on a journey or trip round it. You can also tour the site on modern coaches equipped with videos... V n
conducted tour ( conducted tours plural ) A conducted tour is a visit to a building, town, or area during which someone goes with you and explains everything to you. n-count
Grand Tour ( Grand Tours plural ) , grand tour TheGrand Tour was a journey round the main cities of Europe that young men from rich families used to make as part of their education. n-count
guided tour ( guided tours plural ) If someone takes you on a guided tourof a place, they show you the place and tell you about it. n-count oft N of n
tour de force ( tours de force plural ) , tour-de-force If you call something such as a performance, speech, or production a tour de force, you are emphasizing that it is extremely good or extremely well done or made. n-count usu sing (emphasis)
Stevenson's deeply felt performance is a tour-de-force...
tour operator ( tour operators plural ) A tour operator is a company that provides holidays in which your travel and accommodation are booked for you. n-count
tour rep ( tour reps plural ) A tour rep is the same as a holiday rep.