de·port | \ di-ˈpȯrt , dē- \

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

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As a result, more than 20 percent of all noncitizens who face deportation on criminal grounds are black, and black people are ultimately deported at a higher rate. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Patricia Okoumou and the Threat to Black Immigrants," 13 July 2018 In some unresolved cases the parents have been deported, children entered the country with people who were not biologically related to them, the parents have been deemed a danger to their children, or the parents simply have not been located yet. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Impactful Ways to Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border," 13 July 2018 In other cases, the parents had been deported without their children. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Children Separated from Their Parents at the U.S.-Mexico Border Deserve Mental Health Treatment, Lawsuit Says," 13 July 2018 But the only area where U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw provided some wiggle room for the administration on timing is in cases where the parent has been deported. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Rep. Brooks 'overwhelmed' by the large numbers of migrant children crossing the border," 12 July 2018 Another 12 parents have been deported, and 11 remain in federal or state custody for other offenses. Lomi Kriel, San Antonio Express-News, "Half of migrants under 5 reunited with parents, though rest remain ‘ineligible’," 12 July 2018 Since 2016, Germany has deported about 300 Afghans, despite the still-perilous state of security amid attacks by the Taliban and the Islamic State. Luisa Beck, Washington Post, "German leader revels in deportations in a week when a refugee sent back to Kabul apparently hanged himself," 11 July 2018 The deportation numbers In fiscal year 2017, ICE deported 226,119 people, less than the previous year's 240,255 deportations. NBC News, "Fact check: Critics call ICE a 'deportation force.' Are they right?," 11 July 2018 The only area where Sabraw provided some wiggle room for the administration is in cases where the parent has been deported. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Judge will not extend deadlines for Trump administration to reunite families," 10 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of deport

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


de·port | \ di-ˈpȯrt \
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 \

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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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