deport[dē pôrt′, di-]
- To deport is defined as to force a non-citizen to leave a country because of a lack of immigration status or other violation.
When an illegal immigrant enters the U.S. and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship makes him leave, this is an example of a time when the U.S. deports the immigrant.
- to behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified way
Origin of deportFr déporter < L deportare, to carry away, banish < de-, from + portare to carry or send away; specif., to force (an alien) to leave a country by official order; expel
Origin of deportOld French deporter ; from de- (L de), intensive + porter ; from Classical Latin portare, to carry, bear: see port
transitive verbde·port·ed, de·port·ing, de·ports
- To expel from a country: deported the foreigner who had entered the country illegally.
- To behave or conduct (oneself) in a given manner; comport.
Origin of deportFrench déporter, to banish, from Latin dēportāre, to carry away : dē-, de- + portāre, to carry; see per-2 in Indo-European roots. Sense 2, Middle English, from Old French deporter, to behave, from Latin dēportāre.
(third-person singular simple present deports, present participle deporting, simple past and past participle deported)
deport - Legal Definition