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[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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About 80 percent of the world's commercial goods are transported by ships.’
    • ‘No military officials were charged, although reports have stated that military ships were used to transport goods for the smuggling ring.’
    • ‘The roads are choked with traffic, including enormous trucks transporting goods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The vehicles were also used to transport illegal goods, such as alcohol and slot machines for illicit gambling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Goods are often transported by pack animals or carried by porters over mountain trails.’
    • ‘Hooker catches one of the lackeys transporting goods and interrogates him.’
    • ‘Shop owners now prefer the latter as their goods are transported faster.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their capacity to produce competitively for the national and export markets will depend on being able to transport goods quickly and cheaply.’
    • ‘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.’
    convey, carry, take, transfer, move, shift, bring, fetch, send, deliver, bear, conduct, haul, lug, cart, run, ship, ferry
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    1. 1.1 historical Send (a convict) to a penal colony.
      ‘he was convicted of theft and transported’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As late as 1864 it was suggested that convicted prisoners should be transported to the Falkland Islands.’
      • ‘In 1843 South Australia transported its first female convict to Tasmania.’
      • ‘Convicts had been transported in the past to colonial America but after the revolution America was no longer available.’
      banish, exile, deport, drive away, expatriate, extradite
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    2. 1.2Cause (someone) to feel that they are in another place or time.
      ‘the book transported her to new worlds’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His experience and popular imagery transport the viewer to another place and time, one which heals and soothes the soul.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are very few books which just transport me into the setting and tone right from the first page.’
  • 2Overwhelm (someone) with a strong emotion, especially joy.

    ‘she was transported with pleasure’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Voilà, I got the position and was transported with excitement!’
    • ‘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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  • 1mass noun A system or means of conveying people or goods from place to place.

    ‘many possess their own forms of transport’
    • ‘air transport’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The story is a family affair against a backdrop of dirty dealings in the underground transport system.’
    • ‘The position of air transport within the overall system of values and experiences of the public has not remained the same.’
    • ‘The policy is expected to impact on the nation's inland transport system in the long term.’
    • ‘Proposed new technology to be implemented includes intelligent transport systems such as message signing, active traffic management techniques and information systems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, on the other hand, using public transport is that much more difficult.’
    • ‘Even workers with conditions such as claustrophobia who cannot use public transport are not exempt.’
    • ‘Are they saying that people who use public transport are at risk?’
    • ‘Areas of particular interest will include passenger road transport and aviation.’
    • ‘All of the increase in the excise duty goes into the land transport system.’
    • ‘Local issues are always important, especially the seats road and rail transport links, and environmentally sensitive developments.’
    • ‘Key rail transport links in the district has been disrupted by floods and will not be restored for days.’
    • ‘Free competition in road passenger transport promises travellers a better deal.’
    • ‘The Parish will arrange transport for those wishing to attend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bulgaria should have eliminated the state subsidy for the coal mining and begun to implement differentiation in transport and distribution pricing of natural gas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of this is from the oil cargo evaporating during transport (about 3.7 million tons per year).’
      • ‘Removal of crab from seawater causes significant physical and physiological stress on the crab that can lead to mortality during transport and distribution.’
      • ‘This makes transport and delivery very expensive, he said.’
      • ‘These applications include collection, storage, and transmission or transport of accumulated data, typically in very large sets.’
      • ‘Duty, transport and distribution are fixed costs, so the more you spend, the more wine you get for your money.’
      • ‘British architects, builders, developers and clients for buildings have something else in common with people involved in transport and distribution.’
      • ‘The project is further expected to facilitate the transport of heavy-duty goods to the north.’
      • ‘The next step in this process is malnutrition, since active transport of nutrients become impaired.’
      • ‘Another role of insulin is to stimulate the active transport of amino acids into cells.’
      • ‘The committee must therefore pay the remainder of the cost and all transport costs.’
      • ‘There is also large-scale downstream pollution caused by long-distance transport of industrial food.’
      transit, transportation, conveyance, traffic, carriage, freight, freightage, shipment, shipping, haulage, delivery, distribution, carrying
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    2. 1.2count noun A large vehicle, ship, or aircraft used to carry troops or stores.
      ‘the invasion force sailed from Cadiz in twenty-five transports’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My husband, who also served in the Pacific, adored Don; they would go on for hours about assault transports and troop ships.’
      • ‘The ships were undoubtedly troop transports and were less than six hours away from the planet at mark five.’
      • ‘The U.S. aircraft industry standard makes it possible today to build military transports with an operational range of 16,000 km.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their attack helicopters and their troop transports need to be there if we are to have a viable Plan B.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Similarly, kissing your husband and watching him climb on board a troop transport and waving goodbye and forcing a smile requires courage as well.’
      • ‘In 1940 the vessel was renamed President Taylor, and the next year began service as a troop transport.’
      • ‘Many of these and the other heavier transports carried smaller landing craft for the actual beach assault - more than fifteen hundred of them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The air force, the world's fourth largest, has over 600 combat aircraft and more than 500 transports and helicopters.’
      • ‘Joining this force will be Coast Guard assets and the transports and logistics support ships operated by the U.S. Army.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 historical 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.’
  • 2usually transportsAn overwhelmingly strong emotion.

    ‘art can send people into transports of delight’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She would have been consumed with transports of joy.’
    • ‘Now Pop is, above all, well-adjusted; it doesn't seek to transfigure the world, offers us no transports of ecstasy or escape.’
    • ‘All told, we're talking about a multitude in transports of joy.’
    • ‘You live in a state of utter seriousness with intermittent transports of rapture.’
    • ‘There's a floodlit stage and electronic band of ‘gruperos’ in transports of salsa-invoked delirium.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mastery of each instrument and the cohesion and beauty of the orchestra was a transport of delight for this audience.’
    frenzy, fit, rhapsody
    rapture, ecstasy, elation, exaltation, exhilaration, euphoria, bliss, seventh heaven, heaven, paradise, high
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Late Middle English from Old French transporter or Latin transportare, from trans- ‘across’ + portare ‘carry’.