Definition of deport in US English:



  • 1with object Expel (a foreigner) from a country, typically on the grounds of illegal status or for having committed a crime.

    ‘he was deported for violation of immigration laws’
    • ‘The system would also provide an automatic list of those who have overstayed visas - making it easier to find and deport illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘The Home Secretary will have greater freedom to exclude and deport foreigners preaching hate and violence.’
    • ‘With unemployment rising, the government announced measures to deport illegal foreign workers.’
    • ‘He said many of them have been afraid to seek help because they fear being deported as illegal aliens.’
    • ‘Mr Mendis was deported as an illegal immigrant after 16 years in the country.’
    • ‘Illegal residency was made a criminal offence, and a special police force was set up to seize and deport foreigners or rejected asylum-seekers.’
    • ‘Three illegal immigrants have been deported after a suspected brothel was raided in a village.’
    • ‘Previous versions of the bill explicitly allowed police to deport foreigners for participation in political demonstrations.’
    • ‘Ms Mutiti regretted that inadequate Government funding made it difficult for the department to repatriate and deport illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘When the matter came before a judge, he ordered the girls to be arrested and deported as illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘A 1996 immigration reform law allows the government to deport illegal aliens convicted of an aggravated felony.’
    • ‘Last year, one of my neighbours was rounded up as part of an operation to deport illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘The aim of the operation is to catch, jail, prosecute and ultimately deport illegal aliens trying to enter this country.’
    • ‘Only in 1998, when Italy threatened to start deporting illegal immigrants, did asylum requests suddenly climb to 6930.’
    • ‘The government also moved to deport 10 foreigners convicted during the 19 days of violence in troubled poor neighborhoods.’
    • ‘The grounds for deporting foreigners living in Germany have also been extended, as have the grounds for denying them a legal right to stay.’
    • ‘And I would recommend, first, closing the borders and deporting illegal aliens, but welcoming legal aliens.’
    • ‘A Maryland county executive says we should embrace illegal aliens and not deport them.’
    • ‘To that end they have the power to deport aliens convicted of criminal offences.’
    • ‘As of September 1, the immigration police returned to its aggressive tracking activities to expose and deport illegal immigrants.’
    expel, banish, exile, transport, expatriate, extradite, repatriate
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    1. 1.1 Exile (a native) to another country.
      • ‘He won't be deported to his native Egypt, where he was sentenced to death in absentia.’
      • ‘Some continue to be held despite orders for them to be deported to their native countries.’
      • ‘The occupying power has no business exiling or deporting people under occupation.’
  • 2deport oneselfarchaic Conduct oneself in a specified manner.

    ‘he has deported himself with great dignity’
    • ‘But there is a general accord amongst historians that she gave a lot of attention to the care of her body and the way she deported herself.’
    • ‘And people say he deports himself in a very presidential way.’
    • ‘The decision we take on how we deport ourselves over the months ahead will go very much to the reputation and standing of this country in the councils of the world.’
    • ‘How you walk, how you deport yourself, how you behave in the queue for food: these things are all important because they may be saying something to your opponents.’
    • ‘In his younger days, at the Australian academy, he did not always deport himself with the required delicacy.’
    behave, act, perform, conduct oneself, acquit oneself
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Late 16th century (in deport (sense 2)): from French déporter, from Latin deportare, from de- ‘away’ + portare ‘carry’.