Definition of teleport in US English:



  • (especially in science fiction) transport or be transported across space and distance instantly.

    • ‘Unknown to him, however, he was about to be teleported to a secret space station orbiting the earth.’
    • ‘I dodged the attack by teleporting and hit her in back.’
    • ‘Without another word, she vanishes, teleporting away.’
    • ‘In the game it is found scrawled on one of the cavern walls, and typing it in teleported you between that cave and the home base location.’
    • ‘Syn snapped his fingers and this man was teleported instantly onto the dais.’
    • ‘I was immediately teleported to Roma where I had several olive orchards.’
    • ‘I sighed. ‘How about teleporting him back to the others?’’
    • ‘Rion moved silently through the tall grass toward where he estimated the group of five would be at the moment, wincing slightly as the last after - effects of teleporting himself wore off slowly.’
    • ‘I gave him a short thumbs-up before teleporting.’
    • ‘However, it was easier said than done, for Amelia was teleporting sporadically, making it impossible to determine where she'd appear next.’
    • ‘Particles of light have been frozen in their tracks, or even teleported.’
    • ‘It was cool just checking out all the different heroes walking/running/superspeeding/superleaping/flying / teleporting down the street.’
    • ‘When he handed us the keys, I thought that meant that he was teleporting you home.’
    • ‘‘I thought you were teleporting outside the room,’ one young man said in an exasperated tone when he saw Darius.’
    • ‘The demon shouted, and disappeared in a flash of light, instantly teleporting down into the depths of the earth.’
    • ‘The trouble was, no-one had yet tried teleporting a human.’
    • ‘And with scientists already having teleported beams of light, can warp drive really be that far behind?’
    • ‘Australian researchers claim to have significantly improved a technique for teleporting a laser beam across a distance of a few metres in a laboratory.’
    • ‘We can go places in seconds by teleporting ourselves.’
    • ‘The others remain at your base where they can be teleported instantly back and forth to your party.’


  • 1A center providing interconnections between different forms of telecommunications, especially one which links satellites to ground-based communications.

    • ‘One of the things that we engineered and take pride in is having first-level backbone connectivity, putting a Squid caching engine at the teleport.’
    • ‘Network operations and management will provide the monitoring and control of gateway terminals, teleports and communications payloads that are working as network resources.’
    • ‘Traders at the satellite exchange negotiate deals and define technical requirements, including providing advice on procurement of ground segment hardware and teleport services.’
    • ‘THT provides tri-band satellite communications capable of supporting a variety of worldwide missions and is interoperable with all tri-band satellite terminals and teleport earth terminals.’
  • 2An act of teleporting.

    • ‘I thought for a while, I never tried to do teleports involving anyone but me… I took out a notebook and a pencil.’
    • ‘The teleport had taken weeks, if not months, out of their journey!’
    • ‘His teleport was somewhat haphazard, and thus Justin fell on his backside as the fiery plume died away, leaving only Timothy's unflappably resilient carbide armor remaining where once the entire pack had been.’
    • ‘The forced teleport had knocked Carrie right out, as it had the first time it had happened to her, and she woke up to find herself alone in the throne room.’


1950s: back-formation from teleportation ( 1930s), from tele- ‘at a distance’ + a shortened form of transportation.