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 Since India cannot offer documentary proof to establish the nationality of these individuals, Bangladesh has no reason to accept anyone who is deported after the NRC exercise. Smitana Saikia, Quartz India, "Why is the Modi government so shrill about finding and deporting illegal immigrants?," 5 Sep. 2019 Judge Peter Vilkelis determined that the foster parents should become the permanent guardians of the two older children of Jorge Matias, who was deported last fall to his native Guatemala. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "In a Disputed Custody Case, the Children of a Spanish-Speaking Father Will Remain With Their Slovak-Speaking Foster Parents," 29 Aug. 2019 The Parisians who weren’t deported or didn’t flee used ration tickets to eat, wooden soles on shoes to replace scarce leather, and sometimes curtains for clothes. Elaine Ganley,, "Paris celebrats its liberation from the Nazis 75 years ago," 25 Aug. 2019 Those who are not deported remain in the country in limbo. I.s. | Eastbourne And Lewes, The Economist, "A storytelling pilgrimage inspired by “The Canterbury Tales”," 25 July 2019 Advocates warned that the policy could ensnare longtime legal residents or even U.S. citizens who have been deported in error before. Author: Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration to expand its power to deport undocumented immigrants," 23 July 2019 In the 2018 fiscal year, migrants who were deported by the Department of Homeland Security under the expedited process were held for an average of 11 days. New York Times, "Trump Administration to Expand Fast-Tracked Deportations Across the U.S.," 22 July 2019 The Trump administration is moving to significantly expand the number of undocumented immigrants who can be deported swiftly without a hearing in immigration court. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "ICE gets expanded power to swiftly deport more undocumented immigrants," 22 July 2019 Schaaf defended herself by noting the case of Oakland nurse Maria Mendoza-Sanchez, who along with her husband was deported in 2017 after more than two decades in the United States. Josh Koehn,, "Oakland mayor punches back at Trump after tweet on ICE raids to arrest millions," 18 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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