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 Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke still has the power to, once again, cancel Djokovic’s visa and deport him. NBC News, 12 Jan. 2022 CNN)An Australian judge's stunning dismissal of the government's hasty attempt to deport the world No. 1 men's tennis player is a spectacular defeat for an administration that prides itself on strong borders. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 That may mean the unvaccinated Serbian tennis star can leave his Melbourne quarantine hotel and go play in the Australian Open… or the government might still deport him. David Meyer, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 Former President Donald Trump's policies to deport migrants immediately after arriving in the U.S. drove down the number of people held in U.S. custody, but advocates and White House aides said there were repercussions. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 25 Mar. 2021 Lawyers for Novak Djokovic mounted a legal challenge against Australia’s decision to deport him after federal officials overruled a state vaccine exemption for the tennis star that sparked a national uproar. Chris Bourke, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 Nayna Gupta, associate director of policy at the National Immigrant Justice Center, called on ICE to issue and publicly post guidance requiring its prosecutors to prove that migrants received notices to appear before moving to deport them. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 5 Nov. 2021 In addition to holding recent border-crossers and asylum-seekers, ICE detains other immigrants the government seeks to deport, including permanent residents convicted of certain crimes. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 2 Dec. 2021 One expert said the shift could be attributed to Trump’s law-and-order campaign rhetoric and promises to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021

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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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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


transitive verb
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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