com·​port | \ kəm-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce comport (audio) \
comported; comporting; comports

Definition of comport

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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 | \ ˈkäm-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce comport (audio) \

Definition of comport (Entry 2 of 2)

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comportment \ kəm-​ˈpȯrt-​mənt How to pronounce comportment (audio) \ noun

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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

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.

Examples of comport in a Sentence

Verb an outfit that most definitely does not comport with the company's guidelines for dress-down days the grieving relatives comported themselves with grace and dignity during that difficult time
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Still, Rubio embraces Oren Cass’s technocratic notions, by which policymakers spend less time focusing on economic growth and more on social-engineering jobs that comport with Oren Cass’s worldview. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Marco Rubio’s Bizarre Turn against Capitalism," 14 Nov. 2019 Much of the whistle-blower’s memo also comports with the existing public record of the call between Trump and Zelenskiy., "Much of the whistle-blower’s memo also comports with the existing public record of the call between Trump and Zelenskiy. The CIA officer noted that he spoke to the White House official for only a few minutes, “and as a result, I only received highlights.”," 9 Oct. 2019 So powerful statement, because this is someone who was actually making determinations, Constitutional assessments, whether laws were valid, upheld, what was comporting with the law. Fox News, "'The Five' debate returning citizenship question to census," 28 Mar. 2018 The texts released late Thursday also appeared to comport with elements of the complaint., "White House subpoenaed by Democrats - The Boston Globe," 5 Oct. 2019 Whatever the rationales, if Congress passes a law that ensures college athletes can negotiate and receive compensation for their identity rights, California’s law would need to comport with federal requirements. Michael Mccann,, "What's Next After California Signs Game Changer Fair Pay to Play Act Into Law?," 30 Sep. 2019 For decades, courts have recognized that employers cannot force employees to comport with stereotypes about how men or women should look or behave. Emma Roth, Teen Vogue, "Trump Justice Department Says It's Fine If Women Are Forced to Wear Skirts," 14 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, Jordan could be asked to describe his role in Jordan Brand’s signing of Williamson and how such actions comported with his duties as governor of the Charlotte Hornets. Michael Mccann,, "What's Next in Zion Williamson's Extended Federal Lawsuit?," 22 Aug. 2019 The whistleblower's complaint, which was made public Thursday, comported with a detailed description of Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that was released by the White House. NBC News, "Trump goes on tweet offensive about whistleblower, his 'perfect call' and 'Liddle' Adam Schiff," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As an abattoir of reason, the ad at least comports with the spirit of this bailout. Washington Post, "Ohio’s Great Chinese Power Conspiracy Theory," 4 Sep. 2019 Trump has authored Twitter posts before about sanctions that didn’t comport with U.S. policy and that aides struggled to explain. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "White House did not impose new sanctions on Iran," 21 June 2019 Trump has authored Twitter posts before about sanctions that didn’t comport with U.S. policy and that aides struggled to explain. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "White House did not impose new sanctions on Iran," 21 June 2019 Does that comport with your own experience with the violent crime increase, sheriff? Fox News, "Morgan Freeman's team accuses CNN of defamation," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of comport


1589, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comport


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

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“Comport.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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