Meaning of “transport” in the English Dictionary

"transport" in British English

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uk /ˈtræn.spɔːt/ us /ˈtræn.spɔːrt/

transport noun (GOODS/PEOPLE)

B2 [ U ] the movement of people or goods from one place to another:

the transport of live animals
The company will arrange transport from the airport.

B1 [ U ] UK US transportation a system of vehicles, such as buses, trains, aircraft, etc. for getting from one place to another:

the Department of Transport
investment in public transport (= buses, trains, etc. available for everyone to use)
Do you have your own transport (= vehicle)?
Bicycles are a cheap and efficient form/means of transport.

More examples

  • The city's transport system is one of the most efficient in Europe.
  • The tour operator will arrange transport and plan your itinerary.
  • Travelling by train is still one of the safest methods of transport.
  • If you think that these transport problems can be solved by building more roads, you completely misunderstand the nature of the problem.
  • Please let the organizers know if you're able to offer transport to or from the campsite for this year's Cub camp.

transportverb [ T ]

uk /trænˈspɔːt/ us /trænˈspɔːrt/

transport verb [ T ] (GOODS/PEOPLE)

B2 to take goods or people from one place to another:

The pipeline was constructed to transport oil across Alaska to ports on the coast.
Such heavy items are expensive to transport (by plane).

(in the past) to send a criminal to live in a country far away as a punishment:

162,000 convicts were transported to Australia from 1788 to 1868.

More examples

  • The prisoners were transported under military escort.
  • The emergency building is transported in individual modules, such as bedrooms and a kitchen, which are put together on site.
  • Environmentalists argue that more goods should be transported by rail.
  • The two prisoners were kept under restraint while they were transported between prisons.

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

"transport" in American English

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transportverb [ T ]

us /trænsˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/

to take goods or people from one place to another:

The movers will transport thousands of pictures, charts, and recordings to the library.
noun [ U ] us /ˌtræns·pərˈteɪ·ʃən/

In many cities, people depend on public transportation to get around.

transportnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtræns·pɔrt, -poʊrt/

something that takes things, esp. soldiers or military supplies, from one place to another:

[ U ] I had to arrange for transport to get to my new assignment.

biology Transport also means the movement of a chemical substance in and out of living cells.

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

"transport" in Business English

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transportnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈtrænspɔːt/ us US also transportation TRANSPORT

a system of vehicles, for example buses, trains, and aircraft, for getting from one place to another:

Future economic growth may be damaged by the failure of the Treasury to invest in the UK's transport infrastructure.
Improved transport links for rural communities are part of the Party's latest manifesto.
Effective passenger transport systems are essential for European economies.
People are being encouraged to try local transport for short journeys.
road/rail/air transport
a transport group/company/business
the transport sector/industry
a form/means/mode of transport In recent years, there has been an enormous increase in air traffic and other forms of transport.
cheap/free transport Thanks to cheaper transport, prices across the world have converged.

a vehicle for a person or group of people to use for a particular journey:

Guests will need their own transport to get to the convention center.
arrange/provide transport You will have to arrange your own transport to the airport.

the activity of moving goods or gas, oil, etc. from one place to another:

the transport of sth Security measures surrounding the transport of export-bound oil have been heightened in the wake of the recent disaster.

transportverb [ T ]

uk /trænˈspɔːt/ us TRANSPORT

to move goods or gas, oil, etc. from one place to another:

We will stick firmly to bilateral agreements when transporting energy to world markets.
be transported to/from/by Natural gas can be frozen and liquefied, allowing it to be transported to regions lacking in supplies.

to take people from one place to another on a bus, train, plane, etc.:

be transported to/from/by Passengers were transported from the immobilized jet to a spare aircraft.

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