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portable  (ˈpɔːtəbəl



  1. able to be carried or moved easily, esp by hand
  2. (of software, files, etc) able to be transferred from one type of computer system to another
  3. (archaic) able to be endured; bearable


  1. an article designed to be readily carried by hand, such as a television, speakers, etc

Derived Forms

ˌportaˈbility  noun
ˈportably  adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin portābilis, from Latin portāre to carry


View thesaurus entry
= light, compact, convenient, handy, lightweight, manageable, movable, easily carried, portative

Translations for 'portable'

  • British English: portable A portable machine or device is designed to be easily carried or moved.There was a little portable television.ˈpɔːtəbl ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: مَحْمُول
  • Brazilian Portuguese: portátil
  • Chinese: 轻便的
  • Croatian: prenosiv prenosiva
  • Czech: přenosný
  • Danish: bærbar
  • Dutch: draagbaar
  • European Spanish: portátil
  • Finnish: kannettava
  • French: portablefacile à déplacer
  • German: tragbar
  • Greek: φορητός φορητή
  • Italian: portatile
  • Japanese: 持ち運びできる
  • Korean: 휴대형의
  • Norwegian: bærbar
  • Polish: przenośny przenośna
  • Portuguese: portátil
  • Romanian: portabil portabilă, portabili, portabile
  • Russian: портативный портативная
  • Spanish: portátil
  • Swedish: bärbar bärbart
  • Thai: หิ้วได้
  • Turkish: taşınabilir
  • Ukrainian: портативний
  • Vietnamese: xách tay
  • British English: portable A portable is something such as a television, radio, or computer which can be easily carried or moved. NOUNWe bought a colour portable for the bedroom.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: portátil
  • Chinese: 便携式设备便携攜式设設备備
  • European Spanish: aparato portátil
  • French: portable
  • German: Portable
  • Italian: portatile
  • Japanese: 携帯機器
  • Korean: 이동 가능한 물건
  • Portuguese: portátil
  • Spanish: aparato portátil

Example Sentences Including 'portable'

With a portable satellite communications link similar to the one on the Valkyr, Brunner had queried his Oriental `client".
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
The Stasi were up there on the surface, listening with their portable probes for the sound of jackhammers.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
Taking a portable telephone from his jacket pocket, he punched in a number which he'd already committed to memory.
MacNeill, Alastair The Devil's Door


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