Meaning of “port” in the English Dictionary

"port" in British English

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uk /pɔːt/ us /pɔːrt/

port noun (TOWN)

B1 [ C or U ] a town by the sea or by a river that has a harbour, or the harbour itself:

We had a good view of all the ships coming into/leaving port.

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(Definition of “port” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"port" in American English

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us /pɔrt, poʊrt/

port noun (CITY)

[ C/U ] a city or town that has a harbor (= sheltered area of water where ships can load or unload) on the sea or a river, or the harbor itself:

port noun (CONNECTION)

[ C ] technology a part of a computer where wires can be connected in order to control other pieces of equipment, such as a printer

port noun (LEFT)

[ U ] the left side of a ship or aircraft as you are facing forward

(Definition of “port” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"port" in Business English

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uk /pɔːt/ us

[ C or U ] TRANSPORT an area of water and the land and buildings surrounding it, where ships can take on and off goods and passengers:

Ports along the Mississippi River handle 56 percent of the nation's grain shipments.
come into/leave port Officials moved to stop the ship from leaving port.

[ C ] TRANSPORT a town that has such an area:

important East-Coast ports such as Baltimore

[ C ] IT a part of a computer where you can connect another piece of equipment, such as a printer or screen:

portverb [ T ]

uk /pɔːt/ us

IT, COMMUNICATIONS to move software, a phone number, etc. to another system, without it being changed:

port sth to sth Our staff will check if your number can be ported to another operator who will help you with the process.

(Definition of “port” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)