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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The park's contract helicopter transported the body to Kautz Creek Helibase for evaluation by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 12 June 2024 Penzance Helicopters zoom in and out of its airport, transporting tourists and residents to and from the mainland, while boats steer their way around the busy harbour, ferrying people back and forth to the other islands. Julia O'Driscoll, The Week Uk, theweek, 11 June 2024
Noun
Objects discovered in the room include 15 transport amphorae, or large vases, along with a set of bronze objects consisting of two jugs and two lamps. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 12 June 2024 The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (2018) The opening scene, set on a transport bus to a women's prison, stopped me dead. The Week Staff, theweek, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for transport 

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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 23 Jun. 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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