• IPA: /kəmˈpɔː(ɹ)t/

comport (comports, present participle comporting; past and past participle comported)

  1. (obsolete, ambitransitive) To tolerate, bear, put up (with). [16th–19th c.]
    to comport with an injury
    • The malecontented sort / That never can the present state comport.
  2. (intransitive) To be in agreement (with); to be of an accord. [from 16th c.]
    The new rules did not seem to comport with the spirit of the club.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Prophetess”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 5, scene 2:
      How ill this dullness doth comport with greatness.
    • 1707, John Locke, A Paraphrase and Notes on the Epistles of St. Paul
      How their behaviour herein comported with the institution.
  3. (reflexive) To behave (in a given manner). [from 17th c.]
    She comported herself with grace.
    • 1790, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
      Observe how Lord Somers […] comported himself.
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  1. (obsolete) Manner of acting; conduct; deportment.
    • I knew them well, and marked their rude comport.

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