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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.
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 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., "behavior, bearing," from M.Fr. deporter "behave," from de- "thoroughly, formally" + porter "to carry, bear oneself;" original sense preserved in deportment. Meaning "banish" is first recorded 1640s, from Fr. déporter, from L. deportare "carry off, transport, banish;" associated by folk etymology with portus "harbor." Deportee first attested 1895.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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