[ pawr-tij, pohr-, or for 2, 3, 5, 6, pawr-tahzh ]
/ ˈpɔr tɪdʒ, ˈpoʊr-, or for 2, 3, 5, 6, pɔrˈtɑʒ /


the act of carrying; carriage.
the carrying of boats, goods, etc., overland from one navigable water to another.
the route over which this is done.
the cost of carriage.

verb (used without object), por·taged, por·tag·ing.

to make a portage: On this stretch of the river, we have to portage for a mile.

verb (used with object), por·taged, por·tag·ing.

to carry (something) over a portage; make a portage with: We portaged our canoe around the rapids.

Origin of portage

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French; see port5, -age

Definition for portage (2 of 2)

[ pawr-tij, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tɪdʒ, ˈpoʊr- /


a city in SW Michigan.
a town in NW Indiana.
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British Dictionary definitions for portage

/ (ˈpɔːtɪdʒ, French pɔrtaʒ) /


the act of carrying; transport
the cost of carrying or transporting
the act or process of transporting boats, supplies, etc, overland between navigable waterways
the route overland used for such transport


to transport (boats, supplies, etc) overland between navigable waterways

Word Origin for portage

C15: from French, from Old French porter to carry
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