Definition of deport
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
Thousands of immigrants had been illegally deported.
<deported them back to their country of birth>
Origin and Etymology 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
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>.
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Definition of deport for English Language Learners
: to force (a person who is not a citizen) to leave a country
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