verb com·port \ kəm-ˈpȯrt \
Updated on: 9 Feb 2018

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


play \kəm-ˈpȯrt-mənt\ noun

Examples of comport in a Sentence

  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

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comport and Behavior

With its prefix com-, "with", the Latin word comportare meant "to bring together". So it's easy to see how in English we could say that a college's policy comports with state law, or that a visit to your parents doesn't comport with your other weekend plans, or that your aunt and uncle won't listen to anything on TV that doesn't comport with their prejudices. The "behave" sense of the word comes through French, and its essential meaning is how a person "carries" him- or herself. So you may say, for instance, that your 17-year-old comported himself well (for once!) at the wedding reception, or that an ambassador always comports herself with dignity—that is, her comportment is always dignified—or that your class comported itself in a way that was a credit to the school.

Origin and Etymology of comport

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

comport Synonyms

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-ˌpȯrt \

Definition of comport

: compote 2

First Known Use of comport


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