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verb de·port \di-ˈpȯrt, dē-\

Simple Definition of deport

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deport

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to behave or comport (oneself) especially in accord with a code

  3. 2 [Latin deportare] a :  to carry away b :  to send out of the country by legal deportation

Examples of deport in a sentence

  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-ˈpȯrt\

Definition of deport for Students


  1. 1 :  behave 1, conduct <The children deported themselves well.>

  2. 2 :  to force (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country

Law Dictionary


transitive verb de·port \di-ˈpōrt\

Legal Definition of deport

  1. :  to send (an alien) out of a country by order of deportation — compare exclude

deportable adjective

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