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[dih-pawrt, -pohrt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to expel (an alien) from a country; banish.
  2. to send or carry off; transport, especially forcibly: The country deported its criminals.
  3. to bear, conduct, or behave (oneself) in a particular manner.
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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 formsde·port·a·ble, adjectivede·por·tee, nounde·port·er, nounnon·de·port·a·ble, adjectivenon·de·port·ed, adjective, nounun·de·port·ed, adjective
Can be confuseddeport disport
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British Dictionary definitions for deportee


  1. a person deported or awaiting deportation
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verb (tr)
  1. to remove (an alien) forcibly from a country; expel
  2. to carry (an inhabitant) forcibly away from his homeland; transport; exile; banish
  3. to conduct, hold, or behave (oneself) in a specified manner
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Derived Formsdeportable, 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 deportee


1895; see deport + -ee.

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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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