disport

Visitors to an elementary school during recess may be surprised by the way the kids disport themselves. Disport means to play in a carefree way or to amuse yourself in a lighthearted fashion.

To correctly pronounce disport, accent the second syllable: "dih-SPORT." It comes from the French word desporter, which means "to carry away" or "to entertain." Think of disport as what kids do when they have so much fun playing that they get carried away, forgetting all about school until the bell rings. You might disport yourself by frolicking at the beach with friends and enjoying lively conversation.

Definitions of disport
  1. verb
    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
    synonyms: amuse, divert, regale
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    type of:
    entertain
    provide entertainment for
  2. verb
    play boisterously
    synonyms: cavort, frisk, frolic, gambol, lark, lark about, rollick, romp, run around, skylark, sport
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    type of:
    play
    be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
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