verb com·port \kəm-ˈprt\

Definition of COMPORT

intransitive verb
:  to be fitting :  accord <actions that comport with policy>
transitive verb
:  behave; especially :  to behave in a manner conformable to what is right, proper, or expected <comported himself well in the crisis>
com·port·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of COMPORT

  1. <an outfit that most definitely does not comport with the company's guidelines for dress-down days>
  2. <the grieving relatives comported themselves with grace and dignity during that difficult time>

Origin of COMPORT

Middle French comporter to bear, conduct, from Latin comportare to bring together, from com- + portare to carry — more at fare
First Known Use: 1589

Synonym Discussion of COMPORT

behave, conduct, deport, comport, acquit mean to act or to cause oneself to do something in a certain way. behave may apply to the meeting of a standard of what is proper or decorous <the children behaved in church>. conduct implies action or behavior that shows the extent of one's power to control or direct oneself <conducted herself with unfailing good humor>. deport implies behaving so as to show how far one conforms to conventional rules of discipline or propriety <the hero deported himself in accord with the code of chivalry>. comport suggests conduct measured by what is expected or required of one in a certain class or position <comported themselves as gentlemen>. acquit applies to action under stress that deserves praise or meets expectations <acquitted herself well in her first assignment>.


noun com·port \ˈkäm-ˌprt\

Definition of COMPORT

:  compote 2

First Known Use of COMPORT



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