port-, portat-

(Latin: carry, bring, bear)

Don't confuse this port-, portat with another port- meaning "door, gate, entrance," or "harbor".

rapport (ruh POHR, (s) (noun), rapports (pl)
1. A favorable relationship that includes mutual trust, understanding, emotional affinity, and communication: The staff at the office had developed a good rapport with their administrator.

Tim's teacher always established good rapport with her students.

2. Etymology: from Old French rapporter, "to bring back"; from re-, "again" + apporter, "to bring"; from Latin apportare, "to bring"; from ad-, "to" + portare, "to carry".
A harmonious relationship.
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A sympathetic harmony.
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A sympathetic relationship.
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A common interest.
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report (s) (noun), reports (pl)
1. A presentation or an account of something, often officially, formally, or periodically: The attorney filed her report with the court before the trial started.
2. A sudden, very loud noise, that may be caused by a gun or an explosion: When walking in the forest, Ezra heard a loud report and was afraid there were hunters in the woods.
3. Etymology: from Latin reportare, "to carry back"; from re-, "back" + portare, "to carry".
report (verb), reports; reported; reporting
To present an accounting of an activity; either verbally or in a written form: Allen planned to report to the school committee regarding the information he had about the broken windows at his school.
reporter (s) (noun), reporters (pl)
1. People who write or speak about something that has been observed, heard, done, or investigated: Reporters were writing in newspapers and speaking on the radio and on TV about the accident that took place in England which killed at least eight people and injured more than fifty others on a highway when a thick fog suddenly made it impossible to see any vehicles directly in front of them.
2. A person who provides information; especially, someone who is employed to present news or to conduct interviews in order to let others know what has happened: The reporter who appears on one of the major TV networks every evening, Monday-Friday, informs the nation about what is going on nationally and internationally.
reportorial (adjective), more reportorial, most reportorial
Descriptive of the activities or skills of someone whose employment is to prepare accounts about an event: Sarina learned her reportorial skills in her journalism classes and while she worked part-time at the local newspaper office.
reportorially (adverb), more reportorially, most reportorially
In a manner characteristic of someone who prepares an account of events, etc.: Lina reportorially wrote a detailed account for the police about what happened at the auto accident.
sport (s) (noun), sports (pl)
1. An athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.: Randy excelled in many sports; however, he especially liked baseball.
2. A diversion; a recreation; or a pleasant pastime: Going hiking whenever possible was Ed's favorite sport.

The Meaning of the Word Sport:

One of the most commonly used English words which we hear and see is sports along with "sports events", "sports programs", "sports activities", "multi sports", and many other applications having to do with sports; however, did you every wonder where the word came from? Well, maybe you don’t care where it came from, but if you are even a little curious, read on:

From about 1400, sport meant a pleasant pastime, amusement, diversion; shortened from an earlier dysporte from about 1303; and borrowed from Anglo-French disport, from Old French desport meaning "a pastime", "recreation", "pleasure", from desporter "to divert", "to amuse" (one- self), "to please", and "to play".

The sense of a game, usually one involving physical exercise, was first recorded in English in 1523. The meaning of "good fellow" (as in “be a good sport”) developed about 1905 from the earlier sense of someone who was concerned with sports, sportsman (1861).

Disport Is the Original Form of the Word Sport

Another word that dictionaries refer to as contributing to the origin of the word sport is "disport" which was borrowed from Old French desporter, literally, "to carry away", as of from Old French desporter, literally, to carry away , as of the attention from serious matters (des- “away”, from Latin dis-, + porter “to carry" or "to bear”, from Latin portare).

So, the result of this discussion about such a well-known word may be summarized by saying, sport is an abbreviation of the original "disport" and the noun originally meant “to carry away”, especially “to carry away from work” and, by extension, “amusement” or “recreation”, which is what people do by amusing themselves when playing a sport; that is, if they are not “professional athletes”. It was not used in its main modern sense as “athletic contests” until the mid 19th century.

—Partly compiled from information located in
Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson;
Facts On File, Inc.; New York; 1997; page 636.

Emperor Nero, Chariot Racer

It is a matter of historical record that the emperor of Rome won every event in which he entered during the Olympics held in A.D. 67. In fact, when Emperor Nero on one occasion fell from his chariot during a race, the other contestants politely, and wisely, waited until he had remounted and sped on before they continued the race.

Nero [Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus] (32-68), Roman emperor
sportive (adjective), more sportive, most sportive
A reference to someone who is athletically active or who enjoys observing athletic activities: Henry's sportive interests did not include playing on a muddy field in the rain; however, he was active in a variety of other sportive games whenever the weather was good.
sportively (adverb), more sportively, most sportively
In a manner that is athletically active, fun, or pleasurable: Kate's young puppy bounced around in a sportively delightful manner whenever she played with it.
support (s) (noun), supports (pl)
Holding up or giving help: The elderly woman leaned on her nephew for support as they crossed the street in town.
support (verb), supports; supported; supporting
1. To carry the weight of, especially from below: The heavy steel beams were supporting the weight of the bridge.
2. To maintain in position so as to keep from falling, sinking, or slipping: As the life guard was saving the woman, he told her that he would support her in the water until she was safe on the beach again.
3. To be able to bear or to withstand: Hanna was emotionally supporting her mother during the crisis after the fire destroyed her house.
4. To provide for, by supplying with money or necessities: When prices increased, Sam found it hard to support his wife and children with his small salary.
5. Etymology: from Latin supportare, "to convey, to carry, to bring up"; from sub, "under" + portare, "to carry".
supportable (adjective), more supportable, most supportable
A reference to enduring something bravely or quietly even though it may be unpleasant: Pam demonstrated a supportable attitude as she strived to find a place where her child could be taken care of until she could get over her illness.
supportably (adverb), more supportably, most supportably
In a manner that is barely endurable or managed: Kate's stoicism was seen as a supportably acceptable emotion given the circumstances.
supporter (s) (noun), supporters (pl)
A person who champions an activity and is a sponsor or an assistant: Bert's mother was his number one supporter when he was attending the university and trying to work part time to pay for his tuition.
teleport (verb), teleports; teleported; teleporting
1. To move oneself from one place to another in which matter or information is dematerialized, usually instantaneously, at one point and recreated at another point with psychokinesis or the supposed ability to use mental powers to make objects move or to otherwise affect them: In his imagination, Arthur was able to teleport himself from the classroom to a sunny beach.
2. Etymology: from Greek tele, "distance, far" and French portare, "to carry".

Cross references of word families related to "bear, carry, bring": duc-; -fer; ger-; later-, -lation; phoro-.