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

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Thousands of immigrants had been illegally deported. deported them back to their country of birth
Recent Examples on the Web Voluntary departure usually means that those removed have a better chance of being readmitted later to the U.S. than those who are forcibly deported. Niraj Warikoo, USA TODAY, "ICE and DOJ defend creating fake university in Michigan that lured foreign students," 10 Dec. 2019 In a plea deal that Slattery worked on with Soleimani’s lawyers, the Iranian scientist was due in an Atlanta court on December 11th, when he was expected to plead guilty, be sentenced to time served, and then be deported within days. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Real Deal Behind the U.S.–Iran Prisoner Swap," 8 Dec. 2019 His parents were among 200,000 Polish Jews who were deported and imprisoned in Siberian labor camps during the war by the Soviets. New York Times, "Allan Gerson, Who Sought Justice for Terror Victims, Dies at 74," 4 Dec. 2019 Franco served eight years at the women’s prison in Shakopee before being released and deported. Nick Woltman, Twin Cities, "Guatemalan woman deported in 2016 after killing 4 kids in bus crash arrested in Inver Grove Heights," 27 Nov. 2019 The Burmese deported leading Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu families from Mrauk U and resettled them near their capital, Amarapura. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019 One remains detained; the other was just deported after more than 15 months behind bars. Will Mullery, CNN, "A doctor said he saw mold growing on the walls in ICE detention. But he couldn't do anything -- he was detained, too," 1 Nov. 2019 Back in June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed for a detainer against Zhukovskyy, seeking potentially to deport him after criminal proceedings. Fox News, "Ukrainian man arrested in New Hampshire crash that killed 7 bikers is indicted," 22 Oct. 2019 The deported will face the beginning of a new saga back home. Los Angeles Times, "First-rate immigrant stories are all over TV. You just need to know where to look," 18 Oct. 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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13 Dec 2019

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“Deport.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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