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[pey-tree-eyt; especially British pa‐] /ˈpeɪ triˌeɪt; especially British ˈpæ‐/
verb (used with object), patriated, patriating. Canadian.
to transfer (legislation) to the authority of an autonomous country from its previous mother country.
Origin of patriate
First recorded in 1965-70; back formation from repatriate
Related forms
patriation, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for patriate


/ˈpætrɪˌeɪt; ˈpeɪtrɪˌeɪt/
verb (transitive)
to bring under the authority of an autonomous country, for example as in the transfer of the Canadian constitution from UK to Canadian responsibility
Derived Forms
patriation, noun
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Word Origin and History for patriate

1966, in Canadian English (perhaps coined by Lester B. Pearson) in reference to constitutional laws, probably a back-formation from repatriate. Related: Patriated; patriation.

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