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First Known Use of disport
Examples of disport in a sentence
disported themselves with silly games while they waited in the airport
a full-service resort where vacationers may disport at a variety of indoor and outdoor activities
Did You Know?
Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first writers to amuse the reading public with the verb "disport." Chaucer and his contemporaries carried the word into English from Anglo-French, adapting it from desporter, meaning "to carry away, comfort, or entertain." The word can ultimately be traced back to the Latin verb portare, meaning "to carry." "Deport," "portable," and "transport" are among the members of the "portare" family.
Origin and Etymology of disport
Middle English, from Anglo-French desporter, to carry away, comfort, entertain, from des- dis- + porter to carry, from Latin portare — more at fare
First Known Use: 14th century
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