[ verb trans-pawrt, -pohrt; noun trans-pawrt, -pohrt ]
See synonyms for: transporttransportedtransporting on

verb (used with object)
  1. to carry, move, or convey from one place to another.

  2. to carry away by strong emotion; enrapture.

  1. to send into banishment, especially to a penal colony.

  1. the act of transporting or conveying; conveyance.

  2. a means of transporting or conveying, as a truck or bus.

  1. a ship or plane employed for transporting soldiers, military stores, etc.

  2. an airplane carrying freight or passengers as part of a transportation system.

  3. a system of public travel.

  4. strong emotion; ecstatic joy, bliss, etc.

  5. a convict sent into banishment, especially to a penal colony: The country had been colonized largely by transports.

  6. Recording.Also called tape transport. a mechanism that moves magnetic tape past the head in a tape deck or tape recorder.

Origin of transport

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English transporten (verb), from Latin trānsportāre “to carry across”; equivalent to trans- + port5

synonym study For transport

1. See carry. 10. See ecstasy.

Other words for transport

Other words from transport

  • trans·port·a·ble, adjective
  • trans·port·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • trans·port·ive, adjective
  • coun·ter·trans·port, noun
  • non·trans·port·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·trans·port·a·ble, adjective
  • pre·trans·port, verb (used with object)
  • un·trans·port·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby transport Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use transport in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for transport


verb(trænsˈpɔːt) (tr)
  1. to carry or cause to go from one place to another, esp over some distance

  2. to deport or exile to a penal colony

  1. (usually passive) to have a strong emotional effect on

    • the business or system of transporting goods or people

    • (as modifier): a modernized transport system

  1. British freight vehicles generally

    • a vehicle used to transport goods or people, esp lorries or ships used to convey troops

    • (as modifier): a transport plane

  1. the act of transporting or the state of being transported

  2. ecstasy, rapture, or any powerful emotion

  3. a convict sentenced to be transported

Origin of transport

C14: from Latin transportāre, from trans- + portāre to carry

Derived forms of transport

  • transportable, adjective
  • transportability, noun
  • transporter, noun
  • transportive, adjective

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