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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, late 17th century


The carrying of a boat or its cargo between two navigable waters.


A place where carrying a boat is necessary.

Examples of Portage in a sentence

"Our canoe trip required portage from the river into the larger lake."

"The view of the waterfall from the portage was breathtaking."

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About Portage

Portage as a noun is the act of carrying a boat between bodies of water, or the place where it is done. But it can also be used as a verb for this same activity: "We needed to portage to reach the lake."

Did you Know?

Portage is a popular name for towns and other locations. There's Portage County, Wisconsin, Portage Park in Chicago, Portage, Indiana, and Portage Township in Michigan. It's especially popular in Alaska: Portage Lake, Portage Creek, Portage Glacier Highway, and the ghost town of Portage.

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