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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A paradigm tells us what things are like, how the world is, and how we should comport ourselves in it.
▪ An interpretation of scripture is presupposed in which all verses must comport with one another.
▪ Many animals show inherited differences in how they comport themselves.
▪ This is not to say that our soldiers, sailors and airmen have not comported themselves bravely when asked to do so.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Comport \Com*port"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Comported; p. pr. & vb. n. Comporting.] [F. comporter, LL. comportare, fr.L. comportare to bring together; com- + portare to carry. See Port demeanor.]

  1. To bear or endure; to put up (with); as, to comport with an injury. [Obs.]

  2. To agree; to accord; to suit; -- sometimes followed by with.

    How ill this dullness doth comport with greatness.
    --Beau. & Fl.

    How their behavior herein comported with the institution.


Comport \Com*port"\, v. t.

  1. To bear; to endure; to brook; to put with. [Obs.]

    The malcontented sort That never can the present state comport.

  2. To carry; to conduct; -- with a reflexive pronoun.

    Observe how Lord Somers . . . comported himself.


Comport \Com"port\ (?, formerly ?), n. [Cf. OF. comport.] Manner of acting; behavior; conduct; deportment. [Obs.]

I knew them well, and marked their rude comport.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. (context obsolete English) Manner of acting; conduct; deportment. vb. 1 (context obsolete ambitransitive English) To tolerate, bear, put up (with). (16th–19th c.) 2 (context intransitive English) To be in agreement (with); to be of an accord. (from 16th c.) 3 (context reflexive English) To behave (in a given manner). (from 17th c.)

  1. v. behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave" [syn: behave] [ant: misbehave]

  2. behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, carry]

Usage examples of "comport".

He is a little man and no more than a boy, but he comports himself with Apollonian dignity.

But then Griselda Grantly probably know much better than Lucy did how to comport herself in such a situation.

I swear that if she does not comport herself with the utmost obedience to you in every respect, I will send her packing, in despite of our relations.

How should I comport myself if he suggested our climbing over to the back seat?

She had then decided that, whatever impossible social situations her son might prepare for her, she would comport herself with dignity and according to the rules of etiquette which she recognized.

They just point to how a man should attempt to comport himself in various circumstances.

His honest, open features were burnt to a bright red, that comported well with the notion of exposure and hardships, while his sinewy hands denoted force, and a species of use removed from the stiffening and deforming effects of labor.

His mood comported with the aspect of sky and earth, and weariness, the fast ally of despondency, aided in giving a leaden hue to the future and a leaden weight, to his thoughts.

They comported with the shadowy hall, the great oaken gallery, and the tapestried parlor, but are unfitted to the light showy saloons and gay drawing-rooms of the modern villa.

The dozen or so people in the room appeared to be comporting themselves in an orderly fashion.

He mooned about the links by himself, playing a shocking game, and generally comported himself like a man who has looked for the escape of gas with a lighted candle.

After one silent glance at the hens' eggs with their curious jacket of caramelised skillet flakes, she ignored the glass comport on which they nestled.

He broke off to stare glumly at his rival, who sported a chestful of medals that blinked in different colors, and who was holding forth self-importantly to a captive audience of Rubinstein and some of the bigger diplomatic guns, comporting himself as if he were the equal or superior of the ambassadors from the older civilizations of Alpha Centauri and Tau Ceti.

They bore me to a banquet in honor of a brave lieutenant -- Carlin, of the "Vandalia" -- who stuck by his ship in the great cyclone at Apia and comported himself as an officer should.

Woodseer comported himself like a veteran: he had proved that you can calculate the chances.