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 Oil prices are strong and the trans-Alaska pipeline has the capacity to transport a lot more oil. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2022 Plus, a kayak is easier to transport than those larger boats. Nancy Jo Adams, Popular Mechanics, 30 Sep. 2022 In 1898, Oahu Railway and Land Company laid down a track around the point, connecting the north and west sides of the island to transport sugarcane along plantation towns. Ku‘u Kauanoe, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 The cemetery’s themed attractions are meant to transport visitors to a cartoonish time and place: Its fake 17th-century Scottish stone chapel, Wee Kirk o’ the Heather, looks stolen from the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Greg Melville, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Sep. 2022 The two Nord Stream pipelines designed to transport Russian gas to the EU were years in the planning. Rob Picheta, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 Latin America also faced droughts, leading to less of the crucial hydropower needed to transport LNG to Europe. Devika Rao, The Week, 25 Sep. 2022 Aviation regulators haven’t yet certified the new generation of flying machines to transport humans. Mark Bergen, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2022 DeSantis has taken credit for sending about 50 asylum seekers last week from San Antonio, Texas, to the liberal Massachusetts enclave, tapping into $12 million Florida lawmakers earmarked in the state budget to transport undocumented immigrants. Dara Kam, Orlando Sentinel, 21 Sep. 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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