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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 from the web for deported
  • He was arrested nine times, deported once, and suffered bubonic plague and a stress fracture.
  • Now, two of the busted and deported spies are demanding that the feds fork over their impounded spy gear.
  • Those who show up illegally need to be deported to their country of origin, at their expense.
  • Illegal means they should be deported, not admitted.
  • If one partner isn't a citizen, both get deported, married or not.
  • The idea that he could be deported from the city is both preposterous and evil.
  • He is now talking about turning himself in and having himself deported.
  • If any of them had been here less than five years, warrants were issued, and upon proper proof they were deported.
  • They didn't get arrested for petty infractions that would get them deported.
  • But they are far less of a threat, and those who do use such violence should simply be imprisoned or deported.
British Dictionary definitions for deported


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 deported



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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