transport

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verb

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

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
transportable adjective

transport

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noun

trans·​port ˈtran(t)s-ˌpȯrt How to pronounce transport (audio)
1
: an act or process of transporting : transportation
2
a
: 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
Choose the Right Synonym for transport

Verb

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

Noun

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
It’s needed for the high speeds necessary when visiting the local nursery; hauling lumber and groceries or transporting youth sports teams. James Raia, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2024 They were transported in vans to a nearby processing facility, where Border Patrol screens migrants for security concerns before deciding whether to deport them, transfer them to another agency or release them with a court notice. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 24 Feb. 2024 The 13-year-old bird was transported to the Bronx Zoo for a necropsy (an animal autopsy). Helier Cheung, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 This simulated view of the cosmos is so convincing, I’m instantly transported out of my current situation and back to those summer nights at sleep-away camp in upstate New York—far enough from the lights and pollution of nearby cities to give you a stellar view of the stars on most nights. Dave Smith, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2024 All four of the injured people were transported by ambulances to a local hospital, according to police. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 In each episode, Lydia transports another passenger. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 The man, later identified as 32-year-old Jose Angel Ruiz Leyva, was lying on the street next to his Jeep Cherokee and transported to Banner University Medical Center, where he would be pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m., according to court records. The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Here’s how the penalties shake out for manufacturing, transporting and possessing marijuana in Idaho as of Feb. 22, 2024: Less than 3 ounces for personal use— Misdemeanor with a minimum fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year incarcerated. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 22 Feb. 2024
Noun
Paul Griffiths chats with Travel + Leisure about how airports have evolved from just transport hubs to destinations themselves. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 24 Feb. 2024 The property celebrates its fascinating history via its architecture and decor, as well as the original convent ruins that transport hotel guests back in time. Sandra MacGregor, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Composer Pancho Burgos-Goizueta’s sappy strings are too omnipresent, doing much of the heavy lifting in the obstacle-upon-obstacle third act, racing to the makeshift hospital transport location during an already harrowing, real-life snowstorm in 1994. Courtney Howard, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Staff, transport, food and drink, and energy costs have all soared in the last few years through a perfect storm of issues. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 20 Feb. 2024 Too much can cause negative effects, and too little could lead to problems with bone strength, iron transport, glucose metabolism, and more. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 19 Feb. 2024 For its investigation, Associated Press reporters gathered information from every U.S. state by examining public records, making inquiries to corrections departments, and even tailing transports of livestock, crops, and prisoners to various work sites. Angela L. Pagán / The Takeout, Quartz, 16 Feb. 2024 Individual operators are also required to join a transport corporation or cooperative of at least 15 drivers. Mark Saludes, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Feb. 2024 Vera Bradley Weekender Travel Bag The carry-on compliant bag features all of the must-have details to make traveling a breeze, including organizational pockets, a trolley sleeve, shoulder handles, and a crossbody strap for comfortable transport. Ali Faccenda, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of transport was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near transport

Cite this Entry

“Transport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transport. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

transport

1 of 2 verb
trans·​port tran(t)s-ˈpō(ə)rt How to pronounce transport (audio)
-ˈpȯ(ə)rt
1
: to transfer or convey from one place to another
2
: to fill with delight
3
: to send to a penal colony overseas
transportable adjective
transporter noun

transport

2 of 2 noun
trans·​port ˈtran(t)s-ˌpō(ə)rt How to pronounce transport (audio)
-ˌpȯ(ə)rt
1
: an act or process of transporting : transportation
2
: strong or extremely pleasurable emotion
transports of joy
3
a
: a ship for carrying soldiers or military equipment
b
: a vehicle used to transport persons or goods
Etymology

Verb

Middle English transporten "to transport," from early French transporter or Latin transportare (both, same meaning), from Latin trans- "across, through, so as to change" and portare "to carry" — related to portable

Medical Definition

transport

1 of 2 transitive verb
: to transfer or convey from one place to another
mechanisms of transporting ions across a living membrane

transport

2 of 2 noun
: an act or process of transporting
specifically : active transport

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