from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To conduct or behave (oneself) in a particular manner: Comport yourself with dignity.
  • intransitive v. To agree, correspond, or harmonize: a foreign policy that comports with the principles of democracy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Manner of acting; conduct; deportment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Manner of acting; behavior; conduct; deportment.
  • intransitive v. To bear or endure; to put up (with).
  • intransitive v. To agree; to accord; to suit; -- sometimes followed by with.
  • transitive v. To bear; to endure; to brook; to put with.
  • transitive v. To carry; to conduct; -- with a reflexive pronoun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be suitable; agree; accord; fit; suit: followed by with (formerly also by unto).
  • To bear; endure: with with.
  • To behave; conduct: with a reflexive pronoun.
  • To bear; endure.
  • n. Behavior; conduct; demeanor; manner of acting.
  • n. A perverted form in trade catalogues. etc., of compote. 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. behave in a certain manner
  • v. behave well or properly


Middle English comporten, from Old French comporter, to conduct, from Latin comportāre, to bring together : com-, com- + portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French comporter ("to behave") and its source, Latin comportare ("to bring together"), from com- ("together") + portare ("to carry"). (Wiktionary)



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