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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And today, with hundreds of those mothers and fathers deported thousands of miles away, the risk has grown exponentially. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "Deported parents may lose their kids to adoption," 9 Oct. 2018 He was promptly arrested and deported, and his son was taken to a shelter in Maryland., "How Trump could do the least damage with his Supreme Court pick," 7 July 2018 The United States already deports many undocumented immigrants without allowing them to appear before an immigration judge. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Renews Call for Deporting Refugees Without Due Process," 5 July 2018 Since it was created in 2004, ICE has deported more than 590 people who committed human-rights violations in other countries or who are suspected of having done so. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Exile group targets alleged human-rights abusers in Cuba now living in South Florida," 28 June 2018 That has now stopped, but some 2,000 children, some with their families already deported, remain in limbo. Dan Sweeney,, "Readers cite free speech on Bondi and Sanders confrontations, while others plea for tolerance," 26 June 2018 Martinez and two others joined six youth who had been deported to Mexico. Jacqueline Serrato, Hoy, "Queer Chicagoan who turned herself in to border patrol granted asylum," 25 June 2018 The families will then either be reunited before getting deported, or after the parent is released from detention and applies to be the child’s sponsor. Elaine Aradillas,, "Evan Rachel Wood Fasts Over Immigration Crisis as Detained Mom Describes Kids 'Crying for Their Mothers'," 24 June 2018 Violence is not government policy, but rather a side effect of policy; the U.S. government deports migrants back to their home countries, which many have fled out of fear of being killed by gangs or abusive husbands. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Why Tyrants Dehumanize the Powerless," 20 June 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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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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