disport

[dih-spawrt, -spohrt]
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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)
  1. to divert oneself; sport.
noun
  1. diversion; amusement; play; sport.

Origin of disport

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 formsdis·port·ment, noun
Can be confuseddeport disport
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disport

verb
  1. (tr) to indulge (oneself) in pleasure
  2. (intr) to frolic or gambol
noun
  1. archaic amusement

Word Origin for disport

C14: from Anglo-French desporter, from des- dis- 1 + porter to carry
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Word Origin and History for disported

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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