de·​port | \ di-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce deport (audio) , dē- \
deported; deporting; deports

Definition of deport

transitive verb

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

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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

Examples of deport in a Sentence

Thousands of immigrants had been illegally deported. deported them back to their country of birth
Recent Examples on the Web Each person was previously found to have been in the country illegally and placed into immigration proceedings for removal, where a judge would have reviewed whether or not to recommend that ICE deport them. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "ICE arrests 154 illegal immigrants 'who broke promise' to self-deport," 19 Nov. 2020 In the weeks since the probe began, the lawyers allege, ICE has moved to deport several of the women who raised the alarm, including Ana Adán Cajigal, who has often been at the forefront of those speaking out. Washington Post, "Congressional Dems say women in ICE custody who blew whistle on gynecologist should be able to apply for special visas," 19 Nov. 2020 Since then, immigration officials have moved to deport the 33-year-old mother of five, who is married to a U.S. citizen and has lived here for more than five years. Los Angeles Times, "ICE is deporting women at Irwin amid criminal investigation into Georgia doctor," 18 Nov. 2020 The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center, according to their lawyers. NBC News, "U.S. deports migrant women who alleged abuse by Georgia doctor," 11 Nov. 2020 That move followed a threat over the summer to deport international students who attend classes online, as well as suggestions by administration officials to limit students from specific countries including China. Janet Lorin,, "Trump’s War on Student Visas Raises Election Stakes for Colleges," 29 Oct. 2020 But he was released again in May 2007 after ICE failed to acquire the necessary travel documents from Pakistani authorities to deport him. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "He faces deportation and COVID-19 while his wife battles the virus as an ICU nurse," 15 Oct. 2020 Some of the activists who helped him win the office in 2016 also have criticized him for allowing immigration agents to screen incoming jailinmates to deport some of them. Uriel J. Garcia, The Arizona Republic, "In pitch to voters, Penzone says rival would bring back Arpaio's legacy," 9 Oct. 2020 One was Isabel Bueso, a Concord woman with a life-threatening disability who was allowed to stay in the U.S. after DeSaulnier helped bring attention to the Trump administration’s threat to deport her. Tal Kopan,, "Back from brink of death, Mark DeSaulnier is ready to work and run again," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of deport

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for deport

Middle French deporter, from Latin deportare to carry away, from de- + portare to carry — more at fare

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The first known use of deport was in 1598

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30 Nov 2020

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“Deport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deport

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


de·​port | \ di-ˈpȯrt How to pronounce deport (audio) \
deported; deporting

Kids Definition of deport

1 : behave sense 1, conduct The children deported themselves well.
2 : to force (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country
de·​port | \ di-ˈpōrt How to pronounce deport (audio) \

Legal Definition of deport

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

Other Words from deport

deportable adjective

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