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"portable" in British English

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portableadjective

uk   /ˈpɔː.tə.bl̩/  us   /ˈpɔːr.t̬ə-/
C1 light and ​small enough to be ​easilycarried or ​moved: a portable ​radio/​phone/​computer possible to take with you if you ​move to a different ​place or ​job: They ​offer portable ​pensions, ​carried by ​employees from ​job to ​job. Your ​phonenumber is portable if you ​decide to ​move to a different ​home or ​office.
portability
noun [U] uk   /ˌpɔː.təˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˌpɔːr.t̬əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
The ​advantage of the ​smallermodel is ​itsgreater portability.
(Definition of portable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"portable" in American English

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portableadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɔr·t̬ə·bəl, ˈpoʊr-/
small and ​light enough to be ​carried or moved ​easily, and not ​attached by ​electricwires: a portable ​phone/​radio
(Definition of portable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"portable" in Business English

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portableadjective

uk   us   /ˈpɔːtəbl/
light and ​small enough to be easily ​carried or ​moved: The laptop's ultra compact ​design makes it extremely portable and practical.
FINANCE used to describe a ​pension that you can ​move to another ​company, or a ​loan that you can use for a different ​purpose: It is one of the few countries to ​offer portable ​pensions, ​carried by ​employees from ​job to ​job. Our portable ​loansallow you to ​keep your ​mortgage with us ​even if you ​movehouse.
IT, COMMUNICATIONS used to describe ​software, a ​phonenumber, etc. that can be ​moved to another ​system without it being ​changed: You can ​run these portable ​applications from ​removabledrives such as ​flashdrives, without having to ​install them.

portablenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɔːtəbl/
a ​smallmachine, such as a ​smallcomputer, that is ​easy to ​carry with you: We ​specialize in ​handheldPCs and other portables.
(Definition of portable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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