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[kuh m-pawrt, -pohrt] /kəmˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/
verb (used with object)
to bear or conduct (oneself); behave:
He comported himself with dignity.
verb (used without object)
to be in agreement, harmony, or conformity (usually followed by with):
His statement does not comport with the facts.
Obsolete. comportment.
Origin of comport1
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French comporter < Latin comportāre to transport, equivalent to com- com- + portāre to port5
1. deport.


[kom-pawrt, -pohrt] /ˈkɒm pɔrt, -poʊrt/
a large English glass dish of the 18th century used for holding fruit or candy and having a wide, shallow top supported by heavy stem and foot; compote.
1765-75; alteration of French compotier a dish for compote; see -ier2 Unabridged
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  • It is no matter that in real life fact may not comport with the statements of fiction.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • How was she to comport herself in the society of all these high and haughty dames?

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Nor did he fail to comport himself as not only that intimation, but the whole tenor of his character, gave reason to anticipate.

    Sketches and Studies Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • comport thyself as I do bid thee and art a made man indeed.'

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • For hours Evan, in a trance, half stupefied, had to listen to the Countess's directions how he was to comport himself in Lymport.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
  • This surely, sir, does not comport with the conduct of the House.

  • In every way they comport themselves just as old ducks do and not at all in the ways of their hen mother.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for comport


(transitive) to conduct or bear (oneself) in a specified way
(intransitive) foll by with. to agree (with); correspond (to)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin comportāre to bear, collect, from com- together + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for comport

late 14c., from Old French comporter "endure, admit, behave" (13c.), from Latin comportare "to bring together, collect," from com- "together" (see com-) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)). Meaning "to agree with, suit" (with with) is from 1580s. Related: Comported; comporting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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