verb de·port \di-ˈprt, dē-\

: to force (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country

Full Definition of DEPORT

transitive verb
:  to behave or comport (oneself) especially in accord with a code
[Latin deportare]
a :  to carry away
b :  to send out of the country by legal deportation

Examples of DEPORT

  1. Thousands of immigrants had been illegally deported.
  2. <deported them back to their country of birth>

Origin of DEPORT

Middle French deporter, from Latin deportare to carry away, from de- + portare to carry — more at fare
First Known Use: 1598

Synonym Discussion of DEPORT

banish, exile, deport, transport mean to remove by authority from a state or country. banish implies compulsory removal from a country not necessarily one's own <banished for seditious activities>. exile may imply compulsory removal or an enforced or voluntary absence from one's own country <a writer who exiled himself for political reasons>. deport implies sending out of the country an alien who has illegally entered or whose presence is judged inimical to the public welfare <illegal aliens will be deported>. transport implies sending a convicted criminal to an overseas penal colony <a convict who was transported to Australia>.

behave, conduct, deport, comport, acquit mean to act or to cause oneself to do something in a certain way. behave may apply to the meeting of a standard of what is proper or decorous <the children behaved in church>. conduct implies action or behavior that shows the extent of one's power to control or direct oneself <conducted herself with unfailing good humor>. deport implies behaving so as to show how far one conforms to conventional rules of discipline or propriety <the hero deported himself in accord with the code of chivalry>. comport suggests conduct measured by what is expected or required of one in a certain class or position <comported themselves as gentlemen>. acquit applies to action under stress that deserves praise or meets expectations <acquitted herself well in her first assignment>.
DEPORT Defined for Kids


verb de·port \di-ˈprt\

Definition of DEPORT for Kids

:  behave 1, conduct <The children deported themselves well.>
:  to force (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country


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