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[dih-pawrt, -pohrt] /dɪˈpɔrt, -ˈpoʊrt/
verb (used with object)
to expel (an alien) from a country; banish.
to send or carry off; transport, especially forcibly:
The country deported its criminals.
to bear, conduct, or behave (oneself) in a particular manner.
Origin of deport
1475-85; < Middle French déporter < Latin dēportāre to carry away, banish oneself, equivalent to dē- de- + portāre to carry; see port5
Related forms
deportable, adjective
deportee, noun
deporter, noun
nondeportable, adjective
nondeported, adjective, noun
undeported, adjective
Can be confused
deport, disport. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deport
  • deport immigrant felons now to reduce prison crowding.
  • If they are not students and have not earned credits they should be given a chance to enroll in a real university or deport them.
  • These will still allow the government to deport them to their country of origin at any time.
  • Its priority has been to deport the few illegals that get caught.
  • Their arrests were part of an effort to arrest and deport illegal immigrants guilty of serious crimes.
  • deport them then let them compete for legal migration path.
  • But government must do more to identify illegal immigrants, and expedite procedures to deport them.
  • Its aim is to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants.
  • There is a strong incentive for cheap labour in their country resulting in a strong disincentive to deport illegals.
  • Politicians, however, may now have a tantalizing option for the dilemma of whether to deport or not to deport: do nothing at all.
British Dictionary definitions for deport


verb (transitive)
to remove (an alien) forcibly from a country; expel
to carry (an inhabitant) forcibly away from his homeland; transport; exile; banish
to conduct, hold, or behave (oneself) in a specified manner
Derived Forms
deportable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from French déporter, from Latin dēportāre to carry away, banish, from de- + portāre to carry
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Word Origin and History for deport

late 15c., "to behave," from Old French deporter "behave" (12c.), from de- "thoroughly, formally" + porter "to carry, bear oneself" (see port (n.3)). Original sense preserved in deportment.

Meaning "banish" is first recorded 1640s, from Modern French déporter, from Latin deportare "carry off, transport, banish, exile," from de- in its sense of "off, away" + portare "to carry" (but associated by folk etymology with portus "harbor"). "The two branches are treated by Darmesteter as historically distinct words in French" [OED]. Related: Deported; deporting.

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