Definition of transport in English:

transport

verb

[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’
    • ‘The canals were used extensively as a cheap and easy way to transport goods, until the growth of the railway network meant that goods could be transported around the country far quicker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 80 percent of the world's commercial goods are transported by ships.’
    • ‘He said he was originally from a family that had been fairly rich and he had once owned a truck, hoping to earn money by transporting goods for villagers.’
    • ‘Businesses pay more to transport their goods and heat their premises, and they pass the extra costs on to customers, many of whom are also paying more for their petrol.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Goods are often transported by pack animals or carried by porters over mountain trails.’
    • ‘The roads are choked with traffic, including enormous trucks transporting goods.’
    • ‘And it would be possible only if communities attain self-sufficiency and do not have to transport goods needed for their needs from far off places.’
    • ‘Groups of cheerful girls carrying heavy bundles of yarn and cloth move from one building to another, and vehicles are constantly at the ready, to transport the finished goods.’
    • ‘He said that it could be as much as 50% cheaper to transport goods by sea rather than road or rail, with obvious environmental benefits.’
    • ‘The vehicles were also used to transport illegal goods, such as alcohol and slot machines for illicit gambling.’
    • ‘This policy is to be applied vigorously both at the ports and all inland locations where it can be proved that a vehicle was used to transport goods which are liable to seizure.’
    • ‘No military officials were charged, although reports have stated that military ships were used to transport goods for the smuggling ring.’
    • ‘As part of this programme, a series of road checks of vehicles transporting dangerous goods is carried out.’
    • ‘He added that more than one person had to be involved in the robbery while another vehicle also had to be used to transport the stolen goods.’
    • ‘Their capacity to produce competitively for the national and export markets will depend on being able to transport goods quickly and cheaply.’
    • ‘Shop owners now prefer the latter as their goods are transported faster.’
    • ‘Hooker catches one of the lackeys transporting goods and interrogates him.’
    convey, carry, take, transfer, move, shift, bring, fetch, send, deliver, bear, conduct, haul, lug, cart, run, ship, ferry
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    1. 1.1historical Send (a convict) to a penal colony.
      ‘he was convicted of theft and transported’
      • ‘Convicts had been transported in the past to colonial America but after the revolution America was no longer available.’
      • ‘As late as 1864 it was suggested that convicted prisoners should be transported to the Falkland Islands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1843 South Australia transported its first female convict to Tasmania.’
    2. 1.2Cause (someone) to feel that they are in another place or time.
      ‘the book transported her to new worlds’
      • ‘There are very few books which just transport me into the setting and tone right from the first page.’
      • ‘His experience and popular imagery transport the viewer to another place and time, one which heals and soothes the soul.’
      • ‘He closes his eyes and transports you to another place, to hear him is truly amazing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A book from or about the past can transport us to another era; and that world, though it exists in our mind, takes on its own reality.’
  • 2Overwhelm (someone) with a strong emotion, especially joy.

    ‘she was transported with pleasure’
    • ‘Voilà, I got the position and was transported with excitement!’
    • ‘Your letter having arrived, I was transported with joy.’
    • ‘A prince and princess, newly smitten with each other, are so transported with love that they rise into the air.’
    • ‘While I did find them very good, I wasn't transported with bliss, possibly because I'm not a huge fan of béchamel.’
    • ‘I should be glad to know whether you deem every man that is transported with anger, without an adequate cause, to be a madman?’
    thrill, delight, ravish, carry away, enrapture, entrance, enchant, enthral, electrify, captivate, bewitch, fascinate, spellbind, charm, overjoy, elate
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noun

  • 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’
    • ‘Local issues are always important, especially the seats road and rail transport links, and environmentally sensitive developments.’
    • ‘The story is a family affair against a backdrop of dirty dealings in the underground transport system.’
    • ‘Proposed new technology to be implemented includes intelligent transport systems such as message signing, active traffic management techniques and information systems.’
    • ‘But, on the other hand, using public transport is that much more difficult.’
    • ‘Now, we have to have a rational relationship between the railway system, and the air transport system.’
    • ‘New England has a well-developed air transport system connecting all its domestic cities, other important cities in America and the world at large.’
    • ‘Petrol sales have not collapsed because motor transport in this country is a necessity.’
    • ‘In fact, I would say they are my favourite form of long-distance transport.’
    • ‘All of the increase in the excise duty goes into the land transport system.’
    • ‘Are they saying that people who use public transport are at risk?’
    • ‘Areas of particular interest will include passenger road transport and aviation.’
    • ‘The position of air transport within the overall system of values and experiences of the public has not remained the same.’
    • ‘From this angle at night, you can only really see the lit top deck of buses gliding quietly across the bridge - I've often thought it looks like some highly futuristic transport system.’
    • ‘We also have a crisis with the air transport system.’
    • ‘The Parish will arrange transport for those wishing to attend.’
    • ‘Key rail transport links in the district has been disrupted by floods and will not be restored for days.’
    • ‘The policy is expected to impact on the nation's inland transport system in the long term.’
    • ‘Free competition in road passenger transport promises travellers a better deal.’
    • ‘Even workers with conditions such as claustrophobia who cannot use public transport are not exempt.’
    • ‘EU transport ministers had apparently agreed on a common position to that effect.’
    conveyance, transportation, transfer, transference, transmission, movement
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    1. 1.1The action of transporting something or the state of being transported.
      ‘the transport of crude oil’
      • ‘This makes transport and delivery very expensive, he said.’
      • ‘In August, through the generosity of our church and friends, we were able to send money to buy 300 bags of maize and pay for transport and distribution.’
      • ‘Removal of crab from seawater causes significant physical and physiological stress on the crab that can lead to mortality during transport and distribution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘British architects, builders, developers and clients for buildings have something else in common with people involved in transport and distribution.’
      • ‘Duty, transport and distribution are fixed costs, so the more you spend, the more wine you get for your money.’
      • ‘The transport of oil, kegs and tanks by rail on the four routes will continue as normal.’
      • ‘Another role of insulin is to stimulate the active transport of amino acids into cells.’
      • ‘These applications include collection, storage, and transmission or transport of accumulated data, typically in very large sets.’
      • ‘Bulgaria should have eliminated the state subsidy for the coal mining and begun to implement differentiation in transport and distribution pricing of natural gas.’
      • ‘The industrial world is totally and completely dependent upon oil for agriculture and transport.’
      • ‘The project is further expected to facilitate the transport of heavy-duty goods to the north.’
      • ‘There is also large-scale downstream pollution caused by long-distance transport of industrial food.’
      • ‘Some of this is from the oil cargo evaporating during transport (about 3.7 million tons per year).’
      • ‘The committee must therefore pay the remainder of the cost and all transport costs.’
      • ‘The next step in this process is malnutrition, since active transport of nutrients become impaired.’
    2. 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’
      • ‘The ships were undoubtedly troop transports and were less than six hours away from the planet at mark five.’
      • ‘In 1940 the vessel was renamed President Taylor, and the next year began service as a troop transport.’
      • ‘There was one where the young lady investigates whether a boat in a Wisconsin lake was used as a troop transport in WWII.’
      • ‘Accompanying them are two guided missile cruisers, a destroyer, a nuclear submarine, as well as refueling ships, heavy equipment transports and support vessels.’
      • ‘Similarly, kissing your husband and watching him climb on board a troop transport and waving goodbye and forcing a smile requires courage as well.’
      • ‘On 18 May 1565 130 galleys and 50 transports carrying 30,000 troops hove in sight of what is now Valetta.’
      • ‘My husband, who also served in the Pacific, adored Don; they would go on for hours about assault transports and troop ships.’
      • ‘Many of these and the other heavier transports carried smaller landing craft for the actual beach assault - more than fifteen hundred of them.’
      • ‘It is clear that the Hollerith system was used by the entire Nazi war machine, in contexts ranging from the coordination troop transports, to Luftwaffe raids, to slave labor.’
      • ‘In both world wars the merchant ships were requisitioned for troop transports, for hospital ships and for the carriage of cargoes for war service.’
      • ‘During the Revolutionary War and Civil War, support ships were used primarily by the army as troop transports and logistical supply ships.’
      • ‘The air force, the world's fourth largest, has over 600 combat aircraft and more than 500 transports and helicopters.’
      • ‘Parked around the loading dock were some of the vehicles, mostly civilian but with a variety of military transports, which the militia used as part of their duties.’
      • ‘Joining this force will be Coast Guard assets and the transports and logistics support ships operated by the U.S. Army.’
      • ‘He was then shipped back to the East Coast, across the US by train, and on board a troop transport in San Francisco to take part in the invasion of Japan.’
      • ‘The U.S. aircraft industry standard makes it possible today to build military transports with an operational range of 16,000 km.’
      • ‘Once the Denivanian defenses were disabled, the slow, bulky troop transports would take their capitol, with escorts to defend from the remnants of the defense fleet.’
      • ‘Their attack helicopters and their troop transports need to be there if we are to have a viable Plan B.’
    3. 1.3historical [count noun]A convict who was transported to a penal colony.
      • ‘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.’
  • 2An overwhelmingly strong emotion.

    ‘art can send people into transports of delight’
    • ‘There's a floodlit stage and electronic band of ‘gruperos’ in transports of salsa-invoked delirium.’
    • ‘You live in a state of utter seriousness with intermittent transports of rapture.’
    • ‘Now Pop is, above all, well-adjusted; it doesn't seek to transfigure the world, offers us no transports of ecstasy or escape.’
    • ‘She would have been consumed with transports of joy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will other political parties follow suit, in seeking out their own politically symbolic transports of delight?’
    • ‘Like scarlet moss, it carries the reader to ever-higher transports of delight.’
    • ‘All told, we're talking about a multitude in transports of joy.’
    • ‘I am lost in transports of admiration for your bravery!’
    • ‘The mastery of each instrument and the cohesion and beauty of the orchestra was a transport of delight for this audience.’
    • ‘He saw the naked bodies of men and women in postures and transports of passionate love.’
    frenzy, fit, rhapsody
    rapture, ecstasy, elation, exaltation, exhilaration, euphoria, bliss, seventh heaven, heaven, paradise, high
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

transport

/ˈtranspɔːt//ˈtrɑːnspɔːt/