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

Example Sentences

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
Aerosmith's donation comes as Red Cross emergency vehicles are being used to transport hot meals to families. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 Pie With Coconut Cream (with molasses and pureed pecans!); Pumpkin-Caramel Tart With Toasted Hazelnut Crust (featuring a short bake time and a press-in crust); Pumpkin Hazelnut Bars (easier to transport than a pie). Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2022 During the investigation, investigators learned that Rodriguez and Roman conspired to traffic cocaine, and that Rodriguez used tractor-trailer drivers to transport narcotics to Connecticut. Hartford Courant, 14 Nov. 2022 The weather also closed at least two polling places — and grounded some helicopters used to transport ballots. Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 The crash took place near Roosevelt Circle, Exit 24, around 4:30 a.m., and the highway was closed in both directions while a medical helicopter was used to transport one person to an area hospital, MassDOT and State Police tweeted. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2022 At the heart is his energy empire, with a private railway line used to transport coal and other cargo, as well as a dozen ports on India’s eastern and western coasts. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2022 Then there’s a lack of funding to maintain and fuel the trucks used to transport the trees across different locations – now even more difficult amid rocketing costs of diesel. Ahmad Adedimeji Amobi, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Oct. 2022 In one case, forces in eastern Ukraine moved a number of M777s from a firing position to a barn, and within minutes a Russian missile hit the location, destroying both the guns and the trucks used to transport them. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2022
Noun
Security forces, mostly plainclothes agents, had set up positions around the building and vans were parked nearby to transport detainees. Babak Dehghanpisheh, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 Florida officials began planning to transport migrants to other states in July and told potential contractors their task would be to relocate them on a voluntary basis, according to state documents. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2022 Cohen begins in Green Bay, Wisconsin, at an event with DeSantis where conservative voters repeatedly celebrate his decision to transport migrants -- and repeatedly mention the possibility of DeSantis running for president. Mason Leib, ABC News, 25 Sep. 2022 The driver will face charges for conspiracy to transport. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 24 Sep. 2022 State Senator Annette Taddeo, a Democrat who is seeking to unseat first-term GOP Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar, tried to amend DeSantis’s request for money to transport migrants to exempt those fleeing communist or socialist countries. Kartik Krishnaiyer, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2022 The portability aspect is really what sets it apart from other firepits that may be too bulky to transport or others that are designed to just be showpieces in your backyard. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 16 Sep. 2022 Dickens was arrested in southwest Alabama, according to the filings in Mobile federal court, and is awaiting transfer to Texas to face a charge of conspiracy to transport and move an alien. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 13 Sep. 2022 SpaceX aims to use Starship for deep-space operations, and NASA hired SpaceX to provide a Starship lander to transport astronauts to the surface of the moon on a future NASA Artemis mission. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 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 1 Dec. 2022.

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

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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

Medical Definition

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

transport

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noun

: an act or process of transporting
specifically : active transport

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