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Definition of port verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    port

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they port
    BrE BrE//pɔːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrt//
     
    he / she / it ports
    BrE BrE//pɔːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrts//
     
    past simple ported
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtɪd//
     
    past participle ported
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form porting
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1port something (from something) (to something) (computing) to copy software from one system or machine to another Is there a problem with apps ported from another platform?
  2. 2port something (to something) to continue to use the same number when you change from one phone company to another how to port your number to a new mobile phone
  3. Word Originverb Middle English (referring to a person's bearing): from Old French port ‘bearing, gait’, from the verb porter, from Latin portare ‘carry’. The verb (from French porter) dates from the mid 16th cent.
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