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

Definition of comport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

The latest trend: The Michigan poll comports with results from a national survey by Quinnipiac University released yesterday,’s Sabrina Eaton reports., "Attorneys are optimistic for opioid settlements in Midwest lawsuits: The Flyover," 29 Aug. 2019 Barack Obama is famously unsentimental, including on racial questions, for instance in shaping his romantic life in a way that would comport better with his political ambitions. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Joe Biden, Designated White Guy," 13 Aug. 2019 The only requirement for a WNBA punishment is a finding, by the WNBA, that a player did not comport to the standard detailed above. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down What to Expect After Riquna Williams's 10-Game Suspension by the WNBA," 18 July 2019 However, the recent severe rainfall comports with what scientists expect to happen due to global warming. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The severe floods soaking the Midwest and Southeast are not letting up," 11 June 2019 Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro, also comported himself incredibly well, discussing the importance of reproductive justice and massive reform in immigration policies. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elizabeth Warren Is the Adult in the Room," 27 June 2019 One of the great postwar temptations for storytellers is to equip their characters with a moral clarity that comports with the judgments of history. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Island Girl & the Royal Plot," 21 June 2019 This isn’t my way of excusing the manner in which the U.S. team comported itself during the late stages of the most lopsided game in the history of the World Cup. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: U.S. women's World Cup team sparks debate about sportsmanship that's a few decades too late," 13 June 2019 At a time when world politics are in a disgraceful state, how should a civilized adult comport himself? Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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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