[verb trans-pawrt, -pohrt; noun trans-pawrt, -pohrt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry, move, or convey from one place to another.
  2. to carry away by strong emotion; enrapture.
  3. 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.
  3. a ship or plane employed for transporting soldiers, military stores, etc.
  4. an airplane carrying freight or passengers as part of a transportation system.
  5. a system of public travel.
  6. transportation(def 6).
  7. strong emotion; ecstatic joy, bliss, etc.
  8. a convict sent into banishment, especially to a penal colony: The country had been colonized largely by transports.
  9. Recording. Also called tape transport. a mechanism that moves magnetic tape past the head in a tape deck or tape recorder.

Origin of transport

1325–75; Middle English transporten (v.) < Latin trānsportāre to carry across. See trans-, port5
Related formstrans·port·a·ble, adjectivetrans·port·a·bil·i·ty, nountrans·port·ive, adjectivecoun·ter·trans·port, nounnon·trans·port·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·trans·port·a·ble, adjectivepre·trans·port, verb (used with object)un·trans·port·a·ble, adjective

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Synonym study

1. See carry. 10. See ecstasy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
  3. (usually passive) to have a strong emotional effect on
noun (ˈtrænsˌpɔːt)
    1. the business or system of transporting goods or people
    2. (as modifier)a modernized transport system
  1. British freight vehicles generally
    1. a vehicle used to transport goods or people, esp lorries or ships used to convey troops
    2. (as modifier)a transport plane
  2. the act of transporting or the state of being transported
  3. ecstasy, rapture, or any powerful emotion
  4. a convict sentenced to be transported
Derived Formstransportable, adjectivetransportability, nountransporter, nountransportive, adjective

Word Origin for transport

C14: from Latin transportāre, from trans- + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for transport

late 14c., from Old French transporter "carry or convey across" (14c.), from Latin transportare, from trans- "across" (see trans-) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Sense of "carry away with strong feelings" is first recorded c.1500. Meaning "to carry away into banishment" is recorded from 1660s. The noun is attested from mid-15c., originally "mental exaltation;" sense of "means of transportation" is recorded from 1690s.

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transport in Medicine


  1. The movement or transference of biochemical substances that occurs in biological systems.
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