1 of 2


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

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
comportment noun


2 of 2


com·​port ˈkäm-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce comport (audio)

Did you know?

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.

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
This comports not only with President Joe Biden’s own views, but also with the wider aims of his administration toward the Middle East. Natan Sachs, Foreign Affairs, 28 July 2023 There’s a delightfully sharp response to the steering, yet a manageable, stable feeling to how the chassis comports itself when cornering. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 27 Sep. 2023 The Israeli response that followed comported largely with the pattern described by the CPJ report. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, 9 May 2023 Certainly, Cadillac’s 390 ci V-8 engine—mated to an automatic transmission—makes the swanky two-door Coupe De Ville a long-legged cruiser that will gracefully comport the thirsty 19-foot-long monster to the local Dairy Queen, miniature golf course, or even the most opulent museum gala. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 May 2023 On Saturday, Harry comported himself gracefully and gave the British tabloids, forever in search of more outrage fuel, little to complain about. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2023 Saudi Aramco's move is a direct action to comport with Vision 2030, an initiative by Saudi Arabia to build and diversify its economy while reducing the nation's dependency on hydrocarbons through the use of advanced technologies, such as drones for inspecting oil and gas lines. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 They are suspended, elongated, twisted and knotted, taking an object that was created to reshape women’s bodies to comport with expectations and turning it on its head, gesturing to the saggy, bloated and bulging bits of the body that so many have been conditioned to scorn. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2022 They are suspended, elongated, twisted and knotted, taking an object that was created to reshape women's bodies to comport with expectations and turning it on its head, gesturing to the saggy, bloated and bulging bits of the body that so many have been conditioned to scorn. Kelsey Ables,, 24 Sep. 2022
The statute requires that any of our recommendations comport with international human rights law standards. Ryan Fonsecastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2022 The case could result in substantial changes, as the plaintiffs are challenging whether the amounts and method of distribution of the annual education subsidies issued by the General Assembly comport with the state Constitution. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 No more than acceptance of subordination is an argument in favor of patriarchy or slavery can shunting political choice away from openly political forums comport with our ideal of collective self-government (let alone be required by it). Ryan D. Doerfler, The New Republic, 13 Oct. 2021 Susanka's ideas comport with like-minded design enthusiasts gleaned from their Uruguayan backgrounds. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 But reconciliation also limits what provisions lawmakers can approve, and the Senate’s nonpartisan parliamentarian found that raising the minimum wage didn’t comport with reconciliation’s rules. Eric Morath, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2021 As an abattoir of reason, the ad at least comports with the spirit of this bailout. Washington Post, 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, 21 June 2019 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'comport.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History



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

First Known Use


1589, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comport was in 1589

Dictionary Entries Near comport

Cite this Entry

“Comport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to be in agreement : accord
actions that comport with the rules
: behave sense 1, conduct
comport yourself with dignity
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!