trans·​port | \ tran(t)s-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce transport (audio) , ˈtran(t)s-ˌpȯrt \
transported; transporting; transports

Definition of transport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to transfer or convey from one place to another transporting ions across a living membrane
2 : to carry away with strong and often intensely pleasant emotion
3 : to send to a penal colony overseas


trans·​port | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce transport (audio) \

Definition of transport (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or process of transporting : transportation
2a : a ship for carrying soldiers or military equipment
b : a vehicle (such as a truck or airplane) used to transport persons or goods
3 : strong or intensely pleasurable emotion transports of joy
4 : a transported convict

Other Words from transport


transportability \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌpȯr-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce transport (audio) \ noun
transportable \ tran(t)s-​ˈpȯr-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce transport (audio) \ adjective

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banish, exile, deport, transport mean to remove by authority from a state or country. banish implies compulsory removal from a country not necessarily one's own. banished for seditious activities exile may imply compulsory removal or an enforced or voluntary absence from one's own country. a writer who exiled himself for political reasons deport implies sending out of the country an alien who has illegally entered or whose presence is judged inimical to the public welfare. illegal aliens will be deported transport implies sending a convicted criminal to an overseas penal colony. a convict who was transported to Australia


ecstasy, rapture, transport mean intense exaltation of mind and feelings. ecstasy and rapture both suggest a state of trance or near immobility produced by an overpowering emotion. ecstasy may apply to any strong emotion (such as joy, fear, rage, adoration). religious ecstasy rapture usually implies intense bliss or beatitude. in speechless rapture transport applies to any powerful emotion that lifts one out of oneself and usually provokes vehement expression or frenzied action. in a transport of rage

Examples of transport in a Sentence

Verb A van at the hotel transports guests to and from the airport. the cost of producing and transporting goods The melons are transported in large wooden crates. The illness was first transported across the ocean by European explorers. The movie transports us to a world of stunning beauty. While reading, I was transported back to the year 1492. He was transported for stealing. Noun the transport of manufactured goods I was left without transport when the car broke down. She relies on public transport. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet the climate lobby and Biden Administration want to cut off financing for natural-gas production and make drilling and transport more difficult and expensive. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 The command has signed similar agreements with SpaceX and Blue Origin in support of the Air Force’s rocket cargo project to transport equipment across Earth via space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 Construction on the pipeline, which would transport Appalachian shale gas and cuts through Jones’ property, began in 2018. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 Technicians at the scene eventually determined the devices were safe to transport and removed them for testing. Eleanor Mccrary, The Courier-Journal, 14 Aug. 2022 The North American touring production uses 17 trucks to transport the puppets and set pieces from city to city. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2022 On the demand side, diesel and its molecular siblings help manufacture, grow and transport nearly all consumer products. Benjamin Taubman, CNN, 26 July 2022 Native to the Himalayas, yaks thrive at high elevations and help climbers transport essential goods in rugged terrain. Jess Eng, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2022 Crystals are thought to help transport energy around our body, absorbing negative energy, shifting blockages, and transmitting positive energy. Bianca London, Glamour, 22 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Russians had used Kupiansk as a transport hub, moving hundreds of tanks and armored personnel vehicles through it and toward what was then the front line. Kamila Hrabchuk, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 East Africa’s wealthiest nation is a business and technological transport hub for the continent, and has often hosted talks for more volatile neighbors like South Sudan and Somalia. Mukelwa Hlatshwayo, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Sep. 2022 Ukrainian and Western officials warned that Slovyansk, a major transport hub in Donetsk that was briefly occupied by Russian irregulars in 2014, would be next. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2022 Extreme weather affects everything everywhere, from agriculture to energy transport. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2022 That meant recreating every aspect of the transport hub. CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 Many governments around the world initiate programs, stimulating a rapid switch to electric transport with an objective to achieve their net-zero goals and fight climate change. Nastasya Savina, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 That search was carried out in connection to Trump's transport of classified documents to his home after leaving the White House last year, sources told ABC. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2022 This is another easy-to-transport dish that tastes great warm or cold. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of transport


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transport


Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French transporter, from Latin transportare, from trans- + portare to carry — more at fare

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More Definitions for transport


trans·​port | \ trans-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce transport (audio) \
transported; transporting

Kids Definition of transport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to carry from one place to another
2 : to fill with delight The beautiful music transported me.


trans·​port | \ ˈtrans-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce transport (audio) \

Kids Definition of transport (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of carrying from one place to another : transportation
2 : a ship for carrying soldiers or military equipment
3 : a vehicle used to carry people or goods from one place to another
4 : a state of great joy or pleasure


transitive verb
trans·​port | \ tran(t)s-ˈpō(ə)rt, -ˈpȯ(ə)rt, ˈtran(t)s-ˌ How to pronounce transport (audio) \

Medical Definition of transport

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to transfer or convey from one place to another mechanisms of transporting ions across a living membrane


trans·​port | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌpō(ə)rt, -ˌpȯ(ə)rt How to pronounce transport (audio) \

Medical Definition of transport (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or process of transporting specifically : active transport

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