deport

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. depolymerize,
  2. depone,
  3. deponent,
  4. depopulate,
  5. depopulation,
  6. deportation,
  7. deportee,
  8. deportment,
  9. deposal,
  10. depose

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
Can be confuseddeport disport

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British Dictionary definitions for deport

deport

/ (dɪˈpɔːt) /

verb (tr)

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 Formsdeportable, adjective

Word Origin for deport

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

deport

v.

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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