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 He had been deported in October 2017 after being convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, "ICE arrests previously deported Mexican man who allegedly threatened to shoot ICE officers," 8 Oct. 2019 Ani revealed that Tony was laundering money to send to his family back to Mexico after they were deported. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Ways Everyone in "13 Reasons Why" Can Go to Jail in Season 4," 9 Sep. 2019 The state news agency recently reported that over 6,000 people were deported from a single border province in the first half of the year. The Economist, "Turkey tightens restrictions on Syrian refugees," 5 Sep. 2019 Imprisoned for a year, in the spring of 1862 she was deported to Richmond, where Jefferson Davis soon packed her off to England and France in order to raise money for the Confederacy. Brenda Wineapple, The New Republic, "Who wrote women out of Civil War history?," 16 Aug. 2019 The Guatemalan government pledged to process the asylum claims of those deported by the U.S., but the country currently has about eight employees processing applications for its asylum system, according to Guatemalan officials. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Democrats say U.S.-Guatemala asylum deal outsources America's responsibility to help desperate migrants," 27 July 2019 Still, the space crunch is daunting and holding people who are denied asylum until they are deported can only pose more challenges. Nomaan Merchant, Twin Cities, "Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities," 17 July 2019 Between January 2016 and September 2018, more than 85% of people deported by ICE had either no criminal convictions or no convictions for crimes classified as violent or serious. Esther J. Cepeda, The Mercury News, "Cepeda: Our tax dollars are funding human rights violations," 5 July 2019 At each set, lines of people waited: a former gang member deported from California. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Tijuana, a street studio attracts migrants and locals," 2 July 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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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 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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