deport

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verb de·port \ di-ˈpȯrt , dē- \

Definition of deport

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

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Origin and Etymology of deport

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

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 English Language Learners

deport

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Definition of deport for English Language Learners

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


DEPORT Defined for Kids

deport

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verb de·port \ di-ˈpȯrt \

Definition of deport for Students

deported; deporting
1 :behave 1, conduct
  • The children deported themselves well.
2 :to force (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country

Law Dictionary

deport

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transitive verb de·port \ di-ˈpōrt \

legal Definition of deport

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

deportable

adjective


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