por·​ta·​ble | \ ˈpȯr-tə-bəl How to pronounce portable (audio) \

Definition of portable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : capable of being carried or moved about a portable TV
b : characterized by portability a portable pension
c : usable on many computers with little or no modification portable software
2 archaic : bearable



Definition of portable (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is portable

Other Words from portable


portably \ ˈpȯr-​tə-​blē How to pronounce portable (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for portable

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of portable in a Sentence

Adjective Portable devices such as MP3 players are becoming increasingly popular.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Over the next two weeks, staff will assemble 19 portable buildings donated to the school by the Anchorage School District. Katie Anastas, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 Super portable, this neck and back massager is a great gift for literally anyone. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 1 Aug. 2022 Breeding's wish list on Facebook included IV fluids, sutures, oxygen supplies, computers, portable X-ray equipment, wound care supplies, blood pressure cuffs and thermometers. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 The portable units don’t need to be installed by a professional, and most heating and cooling companies don’t even offer the service. oregonlive, 31 July 2022 Fewer — less than a third — had put portable HEPA filtration systems in classrooms. Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2022 Most portable desalination systems require the water to pass through filters. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 30 July 2022 The same goes for patio furniture, garden hoses and portable pizza ovens. Michael Corkery, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 The group plans to provide a tent with water tanks, generators, a portable shower, and other utilities. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Apple touts its new notebooks as delivering the power of high-powered PC desktops in a portable. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 While there appeared to be strict COVID-19 rules inside the classroom, both students said that there appeared to be no rules inside the small portable, where a masked staff member was present. Fox News, 28 Sep. 2021 It’s an upscale portable oven that’s about a fourth the size of a standard wall oven. Scott Kramer, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 But in the reveal of the new product there was a lot of detail, and one of these referred to the company’s previous portable, the Sonos Move. David Phelan, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 And a device that portable is easy to lose, giving ne’er-do-wells free reign over your information. Whitson Gordon, Wired, 20 Aug. 2020 Since then, Sony's PSP and Vita portables stand out for using expensive and cumbersome proprietary memory card formats. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 16 Mar. 2020 Bose SoundLink Color II portable Bluetooth speaker for $99 at Amazon and B&H (normally $129). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 7 May 2020 Bose SoundLink Color II portable Bluetooth speaker for $99 at Amazon and B&H (normally $129). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of portable


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for portable


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin portabilis, from Latin portare to carry — more at fare

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“Portable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portable. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for portable


por·​ta·​ble | \ ˈpȯr-tə-bəl How to pronounce portable (audio) \

Kids Definition of portable

: easy or possible to carry or move about a portable television

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