Dictionary: DE-PORT' – DEP-RA-VA'TION

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DE-PORT', n.

Behavior; carriage; demeanor; deportment; as, goddess-like deport. [A poetic word.] – Milton.

DE-PORT', v.t. [Fr. deporter; Sp. deportar; L. deporto; de and porto, to carry.]

  1. With the reciprocal pronoun, to carry; to demean; to behave. Let an embassador deport himself in the most graceful manner before a prince. – Pope.
  2. To transport; to carry away, or from one country to another. He told us, he had been deported to Spain, with a hundred others like himself. – Walsh.


Transportation; a carrying away; a removal from one country to another, or to a distant place; exile; banishment. – Ayliffe.


Carried away; transported; banished.


Carrying away; removing to a distant place or country; transporting; banishing.

DE-PORT'MENT, n. [Fr. deportement.]

Carriage; manner of acting in relation to the duties of life; behavior; demeanor; conduct; management. – Swift.


That may be deposed or deprived of office. – Howell.


The act of deposing, or divesting of office. Fox.

DE-POSE', v.i.

To bear witness. – Sidney.

DE-POSE', v.t. [s as z; Fr. deposer; L. depono, depositum; de and pono, to lay or put; Sp. deponer; It. deporre.]

  1. To lay down; to throw; to let fall; as, the flood deposed fine particles of earth on the bank of the river. In this sense, we now use deposit. – Woodward.
  2. To reduce from a throne or other high station; to dethrone; to degrade; to divest of office; as, to depose a king or a pope.
  3. To give testimony on oath, especially to give testimony which is committed to writing; to give answers to interrogatories, intended as evidence in a court.
  4. To lay aside. [Little used.] – Barrow.
  5. To take away; to strip; to divest. [Not in use.] – Shak.
  6. To examine on oath. [Not in use.] – Shak.

DE-POS'ED, pp.

Dethroned; degraded; testified.


One who deposes or degrades from office.


The act of dethroning. – Selden.

DE-POS'ING, ppr.

Dethroning; degrading; bearing witness.


  1. That which is laid or thrown down; any matter laid or thrown down, or lodged. The deposit already formed affording to the succeeding portions of the charged fluid, a basis. – Kirwan.
  2. Any thing intrusted to the care of another; a pledge; a pawn; a thing given as security, or for preservation; as, these papers are committed to you as a sacred deposit; he has a deposit of money in his hands.
  3. A place where things are deposited; a depository.
  4. A city or town where goods are lodged for safe-keeping or for reshipment. [Fr. depôt.] In deposit, in a state of pledge, or for safe-keeping.

DE-POS'IT, v.t. [s as z; L. depositum, from depono.]

  1. To lay down; to lay; to throw down. A crocodile deposits her eggs in the sand. A bird deposits eggs in a nest. An inundation deposits particles of earth on a meadow.
  2. To lay up; to lay in a place for preservation. We deposit the produce of the earth in barns, cellars or storehouses. We deposit goods in a warehouse, and books in library.
  3. To lodge in the hands of a person for safe-keeping or other purpose; to commit to the care of; to intrust; to commit to one as a pledge. We say, the bond is deposited in the hands of an attorney; money is deposited as a pledge, or security.
  4. To lay aside. [Little used.]

DE-POS'I-TA-RY, n. [Fr. depositaire; Low L. depositarius.]

  1. A person with whom any thing is left or lodged in trust; one to whom a thing is committed for safe-keeping, or to be used for the benefit of the owner; a trustee; a guardian. The Jews were the depositaries of the sacred writings.
  2. In law, one to whom goods are bailed to be kept for the bailor without a recompense. – Kent.


Laying down; pledging; repositing.

DEP-O-SI'TION, n. [L. depositio.]

  1. The act of laying or throwing down; as, soil is formed by the deposition of fine particles, during a flood.
  2. That which is thrown down; that which is lodged; as, banks are sometimes depositions of alluvial matter.
  3. The act of giving testimony under oath.
  4. The attested written testimony of a witness; an affidavit.
  5. The act of dethroning a king, or the degrading of a person from an office or station; a divesting of sovereignty, or of office and dignity; a depriving of clerical orders. A deposition differs from abdication; an abdication being voluntary, and a deposition, compulsory.


One who makes a deposit.


A place where any thing is lodged for safe-keeping. A warehouse is a depository for goods; a clerk's office, for records.


A deposit. [Not English, nor in use.]

DE-POT', n. [depo'; Fr.]

A place of deposit.

DE-POTE', n. [Eng.]

A city, town or place where goods are deposited. [It is to be regretted that men are not contented with the English word Deposit.]

DEP-RA-VA'TION, n. [L. depravatio. See Deprave.]

  1. The act of making bad or worse; the act of corrupting.
  2. The state of being made bad or worse; degeneracy; a state in which good qualities are lost, or impaired. We speak of the depravation of morals, manners or government; of the heart or mind; of nature, taste, &c.
  3. Censure; defamation. [Not used.] – Shak.