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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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  • Orders were issued, therefore, to arrest and deport the headmen of the villages which aided and sheltered the two leaders.

    The Pacification of Burma Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • That is, it is for you to say how you will deport yourself on matters of religion.

  • There was a plot on hand to deport a certain person well known in artistic circles.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
  • There was insufficient evidence to jail him, but enough to deport him.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The government looked into the matter and decided to deport them.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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