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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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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 deportees



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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