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

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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 Examples include AirPods Pro for just $197 instead of $249, TP-Link’s insanely popular new Kasa mini smart plugs for just $6.07 each, and the hot new YABER Pro V7 portable home theater projector for just $249.99 instead of $600. Maren Estrada, BGR, 15 June 2021 The fact that the sealing came from so far away may indicate it was used to seal a portable container brought to Tel Tsaf by a passing merchant, reports Ruth Schuster for Haaretz. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2021 If Dad is partial to an electrical shaver, White recommends a portable, full-featured model for smooth trimming and precise detailing, such as the Andis 74000 Professional Cordless T-Outliner. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 14 June 2021 Passionate music students started looking for ways to learn guitar techniques that are more personalized, portable, and comprehensive. Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 Who Wants To Relax Whether Dad is looking to unwind post workout or simply just wants to relax, Therabody’s Theragun portable massage gun will be a life-saver. Samantha Costantino, Forbes, 14 June 2021 This portable, leakproof water bottle is both the water vessel and bowl in one. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, 13 June 2021 These guidelines apply to inflatable and portable pools, not just in-ground pools. Chloe Sharman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 13 June 2021 Other animals, like caged and tanked pets, should be kept in their enclosures and transferred to portable carriers in the case of damage or the need for evacuation. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Bose SoundLink Color II portable Bluetooth speaker for $99 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $129). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 9 Jan. 2020 The student-athletes have had to watch film and attend classes in crowded classrooms and portables stuffed to capacity. Joshua Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of portable was in the 15th century

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17 Jun 2021

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“Portable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portable. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of portable

: easy to carry or move around


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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