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The important Latin root word port means ‘carry.’ Some common English words that use this root include import, export, deport, and report. An easy way to remember this word root is through the word portable, which is something that is easily ‘carried’ from one place to another.

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An important and widely used Latin root word is port, which means ‘carry.’

Humans ‘carry’ things from one place to another all the time. Portly humans, for instance, ‘carry’ a lot of body weight. When one nation imports goods from another nation, it ‘carries’ them into its own territory. On the other hand, to export goods is to ‘carry’ them out of one country to sell to another. Most of these goods are portable, or easily ‘carried’ from one country to the next. Human beings can also be deported from their own countries, being ‘carried’ from one nation to another, usually for legal proceedings.

When something is important, you want to ‘carry’ it towards yourself to tend to it. Reporters, or newspeople who ‘carry’ back information to the public at large, often focusing on important concerns. In fact, reporters talk about sports a great deal, or those forms of entertainment that ‘carry’ you away from everyday activities.

Transportation, or the act of ‘carrying’ people across from one place to another, forms the basis of much of everyday life. Cars support or ‘carry’ us in our need to go to far places quickly that walking just can’t accomplish. An even faster way to get from one place to another is via teleportation, or the ability to be ‘carried’ instantaneously from one place to another.

Have you ever had a porter, or one who ‘carries’ luggage, help you at a hotel? An old-fashioned type of a leather suitcase is a portmanteau with which one can ‘carry’ a large amount of clothing. A portfolio is also a case in which you can ‘carry’ items, such as works of art or photographs; a portfolio also refers to the items put in the portable case.

Import port into your brain, and it will ‘carry’ you far with knowledge of words!

  1. portly: refers to one who ‘carries’ much body weight
  2. import: ‘carry’ in
  3. export: ‘carry’ out
  4. portable: easily ‘carried’
  5. deport: ‘carry’ from
  6. important: ‘carried’ in
  7. reporter: one who ‘carries’ back
  8. sport: ‘carries’ one away from everyday concerns
  9. transportation: act of ‘carrying’ across
  10. porter: one who ‘carries’
  11. portmanteau: large ‘carrier’ of clothing
  12. portfolio: that which ‘carries’ items, or those items so ‘carried’


  • deportment

    Your deportment is the way you behave, walk, and stand in public.

  • comport

    If you comport yourself in a particular way, you behave in that way.

  • rapport

    If two people have established a good rapport, their connection is such that they have a good understanding of and can communicate well with one other.

  • disport

    When people disport, they entertain or divert themselves for the sake of amusement.

  • export

    When people export goods, they carry them from one country into another to sell them.

  • import

    When a country imports goods or items from another country, it brings those products into it to be sold.

  • report

    When you report, you give information or tell about something.

  • transport

    When you transport something, you carry or move it from one place to another.

  • support

    To support someone or something, you give your help or agreement; for example, you can support a person by giving them aid, or you can support an idea with facts to prove it.

  • portable

    Something portable can be carried or moved around easily.

  • deport

    behave in a certain manner

  • deportation

    the act of expelling a person from their native land

  • important

    of great significance or value

  • insupportable

    incapable of being justified or explained

  • port

    put or turn on the left side, of a ship

  • portage

    the cost of carrying or transporting

  • porter

    carry luggage or supplies

  • portfolio

    a large, flat, thin case for carrying loose papers or drawings or maps

  • portliness

    The quality or state of being portly; dignity of mien or of personal appearance; stateliness.

  • portly

    euphemisms for `fat'

  • portmanteau

    a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings

  • purport

    have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming

  • sport

    wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner

  • supportive

    furnishing support or assistance

  • teleportation

    a hypothetical mode of instantaneous transportation

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