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disport

[dih-spawrt, -spohrt] /dɪˈspɔrt, -ˈspoʊrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to divert or amuse (oneself).
2.
to display (oneself) in a sportive manner:
The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.
verb (used without object)
3.
to divert oneself; sport.
noun
4.
diversion; amusement; play; sport.
Origin of disport
1275-1325
1275-1325; (v.) Middle English disporten, desporten < Anglo-French desporter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + porter literally, to carry (see port5); (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of the v.
Related forms
disportment, noun
Can be confused
deport, disport.
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Examples from the Web for disport
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  • It wasn't exactly the place for you to disport yourself in under the circumstances.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • It was full of victual, and all manner of mirth and disport.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Then they turned about and went into the wood to disport them, for the sun was growing hot.

  • But the people of a sea-shore town need no lake in which to disport themselves.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • So when she had gotten her breath again, she asked him what next she should do for his disport.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
  • disport yourself; but let your faultiness be concealed by a decent stealthiness.

  • He would ride and shout and shoot and disport himself unlawfully.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • And such plays of disport they make till the taking up of the boards.

  • For the place is made for nothing else, but only for his disport.

  • Courage that reckons so bates its own worth Till a coward might disport it.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan
British Dictionary definitions for disport

disport

/dɪˈspɔːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to indulge (oneself) in pleasure
2.
(intransitive) to frolic or gambol
noun
3.
(archaic) amusement
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French desporter, from des-dis-1 + porter to carry
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Word Origin and History for disport
v.

late 14c., from Anglo-French disporter "divert, amuse," from Old French desporter "to seek amusement," literally "carry away" (the mind from serious matters), from des- "away" (see dis-) + porter "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).

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