sea·​port | \ ˈsē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce seaport (audio) \

Definition of seaport

: a port, harbor, or town accessible to seagoing ships

Examples of seaport in a Sentence

Boston is a major seaport in the northeastern U.S.

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The failure was isolated to operations at airports, sparing other points of entry such as seaports or highway border crossings, according to the agency. Alan Levin,, "Customs computer systems restored at US airports," 16 Aug. 2019 In the east, Chittagong (Bangladesh’s main seaport and its second-largest city) remained an indifferent port served only by a metre-gauge railway. Raghvendra Singh, Quartz India, "What Britain gained by partitioning the subcontinent into India and Pakistan," 9 Aug. 2019 Preservation extends to 18th- and 19th-century architectural gems and the fascinating seaport. Danica Farley, Orange County Register, "A whale of a time in Nantucket," 17 July 2019 This bustling seaport is one of the largest cities in Canada. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019 Bolivians hold 120-mile demonstration for seaport: Thousands of Bolivians held a strip of blue across more than 120 miles of the nation of Bolivia as part of a demonstration of the country's demand for an outlet to the sea. Washington Post, "World digest: March 10, 2018," 10 Mar. 2018 As ice retreats, countries are expanding military seaports, exploiting shipping lanes and exploring for oil and gas. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Special Report: Future of the Arctic," 23 July 2019 Surrounded and outnumbered four to one by Chinese troops, 30,000 Marines fought their way 70 miles over 17 days in an against-all-odds escape to the seaport at Hungnam. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "At 100, WWII and Korean War veteran honored for his place in Marine Corps history," 11 July 2019 The staggering drug bust is seen as another sign that traffickers are turning to East Coast seaports as a result of increased law enforcement pressure along the country’s southwest border. Matt Rourke, Twin Cities, "33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest US drug busts," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of seaport

circa 1520, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seaport was circa 1520

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English Language Learners Definition of seaport

: a town or city with a harbor where ships stop to load and unload cargo


sea·​port | \ ˈsē-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce seaport (audio) \

Kids Definition of seaport

: a port, harbor, or town within reach of seagoing ships

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