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

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Another feared not being able to ever return to work legally in the U.S. if he was deported. Maria Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What we know so far about the human trafficking scheme that allegedly forced dozens of Mexican men to work on Wisconsin farms," 19 June 2019 In this latest case, the Oregon Law Center is suing both Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin and the Sheriff’s Office on behalf of Irene Lopez-Flores, who lived in Roseburg before she was deported to Mexico., "Oregon sheriff violated federal law by holding woman in jail solely on immigration detainer, suit alleges," 11 June 2019 Last year Mr Rasmussen rolled out a plan to banish asylum-seekers to an isolated island, once used as a research centre for contagious diseases in animals, if they cannot be deported because of humanitarian concerns. The Economist, "Under left or right, Denmark will get ever tougher with migrants," 4 June 2019 Gilberto had spent four years in Atlanta before he was deported in August 2017. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 The Trump administration argued that city policies allow dangerous criminals to be released into the community, when they should be deported to their homelands. Jeff Gammage,, "Judge rules for Philadelphia in 'Sanctuary City' case," 6 June 2018 But the family maintains they were never given a deportation date, nor any definitive information about if or when she might be deported. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Troy mom deported to Albania, didn't get to say goodbye to family," 17 May 2018 More than half the Mexicans surveyed by the newspaper El Universal earlier in June said that authorities should not allow migrants to enter the country and that those found traveling through Mexico without visas should be deported. Washington Post, "Mexico officials detain more migrants as crackdown steps up," 23 June 2019 But local activists say the program creates distrust between law enforcement and immigrants in the community who fear they could be deported for minor traffic offenses, such as having a broken tail light or running a red light. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Tarrant County will keep alerting ICE to unauthorized immigrant arrests despite strong opposition," 17 June 2019

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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
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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