Definition of transport in English:


Line breaks: trans|port


Pronunciation: /tranˈspɔːt
, trɑːn-/
[with object]
  • 1Take or carry (people or goods) from one place to another by means of a vehicle, aircraft, or ship: the bulk of freight traffic was transported by lorry
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    • As part of this programme, a series of road checks of vehicles transporting dangerous goods is carried out.
    • He pointed out that fishermen may have to come down to a quay to check their boats and equipment in bad weather, but may not travel in a vehicle transporting goods.
    • At the same time, companies which transport goods by ship need to reassure increasingly concerned investors that they are taking green issues in their supply chain seriously.
  • 1.1 historical Send (a convict) to a penal colony: he was convicted of theft and transported
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    • Later he presents the horrendous death rates for convicts being transported to Australia in the 1790s.
    • This was achieved by means of barges which came alongside to transport convicts across the half mile of water to a small jetty.
    • The media have conferred on him the image of the victimised rebel, who was transported to a penal colony as the price of his principled insubordination.
    banish, exile, deport, drive away, expatriate, extradite
  • 1.2Cause (someone) to feel that they are in another place or time: the book transported her to new worlds
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    • All these books transport you to another world, and I will be really interested to compare the film version with the book.
    • I mean there are a lot of other films out there that will transport you to another place.
    • He closes his eyes and transports you to another place, to hear him is truly amazing.


Pronunciation: /ˈtranspɔːt
, ˈtrɑːn-/
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  • 1 [mass noun] A system or means of conveying people or goods from place to place: many possess their own forms of transport air transport
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    • New England has a well-developed air transport system connecting all its domestic cities, other important cities in America and the world at large.
    • We also have a crisis with the air transport system.
    • Now, we have to have a rational relationship between the railway system, and the air transport system.
    conveyance, transportation, transfer, transference, transmission, movement; vehicle, car, carriage, carrier
  • 1.1The action of transporting something or the state of being transported: the transport of crude oil
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    • The transport of oil, kegs and tanks by rail on the four routes will continue as normal.
    • The industrial world is totally and completely dependent upon oil for agriculture and transport.
    • He has worked in transport, distribution and logistics for three years previously, and now works as a construction site foreman and travels on the Sandringham line.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A large vehicle, ship, or aircraft used to carry troops or stores: the invasion force sailed from Cadiz in twenty-five transports
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    • On 18 May 1565 130 galleys and 50 transports carrying 30,000 troops hove in sight of what is now Valetta.
    • During the Revolutionary War and Civil War, support ships were used primarily by the army as troop transports and logistical supply ships.
    • In both world wars the merchant ships were requisitioned for troop transports, for hospital ships and for the carriage of cargoes for war service.
  • 1.3 [count noun] historical A convict who was transported to a penal colony.
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    • Refugee transports from the colony were sent in every direction.
    • But it still seems odd that a transport who was to be landed in New England should be put on board a vessel bound for Philadelphia.


late Middle English: from Old French transporter or Latin transportare, from trans- 'across' + portare 'carry'.

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