I know the meanings of "transport" and "transportation",are they just synonyms as Merriam-Webster appears to suggest or is there any difference in usage?

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    Perhaps you could quote the dictionary definitions for each word, and point out what it is you don't understand as a result of assessing each word's multiple usages. – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Oct 5 '18 at 12:18
  • To start, transport can be used as a verb but transportation can't be. You need to provide some actual context for your question—give us an example sentence. – Jason Bassford Oct 5 '18 at 16:08
  • @JasonBassford - the OP is referring to transport and transportation as nouns not verbs, as clearly stated in the title. – user 66974 Oct 5 '18 at 16:16
  • @user240918 It's still relevant in the context of some sentences—none of which have been provided. The senses given by Merriam-Webster also clearly have different meanings in some cases. So simply asking "What's the difference?" absent context is already sufficiently answered by simply following the dictionary links. The question, as asked, fails to show that they are "just synonyms." – Jason Bassford Oct 5 '18 at 16:28
  • @JasonBassford - transport and transportation as nouns meaning means of conveyance are synonyms as shown in the dictionary. Is there any difference in usage as such? That’s the question. – user 66974 Oct 5 '18 at 16:30

It is chiefly a question of BrE usage vs AmE usage, but the meaning is the same as explained here:

Where Americans use transportation, Britons generally prefer transport. In American English, transport is only a verb (with rare exceptions). So where Americans say public transportation, transportation commissioner, and air transportation, Britons say public transport, transport commissioner, and air transport.

Neither transport nor transportation is right or wrong; they’re just different ways of saying the same thing.


Canadians us both transport and transportation, though the latter has the edge. Australians favor transport.

(The Grammarist)

It is not clear how these regional usage differences developped. What we know is that the usage of transport and transportation meaning “means of conveyance” date back to different centuries; late 17th c. for the former and mid-19th c. for the latter.

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    Don't see why user240918 got a vote-down; I have pushed it up again. – Michael Harvey Oct 5 '18 at 16:44

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