Definition of transport in English:

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Pronunciation: /tranˈspɔːt/
Pronunciation: /trɑːnˈspɔːt/
[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.
convey, carry, take, transfer, move, shift, bring, fetch, send, deliver, bear, conduct, haul, lug, cart, run, ship, ferry
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.
2Overwhelm (someone) with a strong emotion, especially joy: she was transported with pleasure
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  • While I did find them very good, I wasn't transported with bliss, possibly because I'm not a huge fan of béchamel.
  • A prince and princess, newly smitten with each other, are so transported with love that they rise into the air.
  • Your letter having arrived, I was transported with joy.
thrill, delight, ravish, carry away, enrapture, entrance, enchant, enthral, electrify, captivate, bewitch, fascinate, spellbind, charm, overjoy, elate
informal send


Pronunciation: /ˈtranspɔːt/
Pronunciation: /ˈtrɑːnspɔːt/
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.
transit, transportation, conveyance, traffic, carriage, freight, freightage, shipment, shipping, haulage, delivery, distribution, carrying
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 (usually transports) An overwhelmingly strong emotion: art can send people into transports of delight
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  • I am lost in transports of admiration for your bravery!
  • He saw the naked bodies of men and women in postures and transports of passionate love.
  • The words of the budget speech by the Finance Minister would have had the country's poor in transports of joy, but the rhetoric was not matched by equivalent spending commitments.
frenzy, fit, rhapsody;
intense feeling, strong emotion, passion, fervour, vehemence
rapture, ecstasy, elation, exaltation, exhilaration, euphoria, bliss, seventh heaven, heaven, paradise, high
informal cloud nine


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

  • Transport is from Latin transportare, from trans- ‘across’ and portare ‘carry’. The word's use to denote ‘a means of transportation’ arose in the use of transport ships to carry soldiers or convicts, and later army supplies. Import (Late Middle English) and export (Late Middle English) are the carrying of goods in and out of the country.

Words that rhyme with transport

abort, apport, assort, athwart, aught, besought, bethought, bort, bought, brought, caught, cavort, comport, consort, contort, Cort, court, distraught, escort, exhort, export, extort, fort, fought, fraught, import, methought, misreport, mort, naught, nought, Oort, ought, outfought, port, Porte, purport, quart, rort, short, snort, sort, sought, sport, support, swart, taught, taut, thought, thwart, tort, wart, wrought

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