[ verb eks-pey-tree-eyt or, especially British, -pa-tree-; adjective, noun eks-pey-tree-it, -eyt or, especially British, -pa-tree- ]
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verb (used with object),ex·pa·tri·at·ed, ex·pa·tri·at·ing.
  1. to banish (a person) from their native country.

  2. to withdraw (oneself) from residence in one's native country.

  1. to withdraw (oneself) from allegiance to one's country.

verb (used without object),ex·pa·tri·at·ed, ex·pa·tri·at·ing.
  1. to become an expatriate: He expatriated from his homeland.

  1. expatriated; exiled.

  1. an expatriated person: Many American writers were living as expatriates in Paris.

Origin of expatriate

First recorded in 1760–70; from Medieval Latin expatriātus (past participle of expatriāre “to banish”), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + patri(a) “native land” + -ātus -ate1

Other words from expatriate

  • ex·pa·tri·a·tion, noun
  • self-ex·pa·tri·a·tion, noun

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How to use expatriate in a sentence

  • The expatriated ex-rebels became alarmed by the non-receipt of the indemnity instalment and the news from their homes.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • We knelt with bowed heads while the mother prayed for the son, expatriated, whom she never hoped to see again on this earth.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • Though he fought under the flag of freedom, the curse of the expatriated was upon his head.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • As we have seen, the followers of Zoroaster who would not accept the religion of Islam expatriated themselves.

    Les Parsis | D. Menant
  • The author with tears in his eyes beheld his expatriated volumes, hopeless that their voyage would have been successful.

British Dictionary definitions for expatriate


adjective(ɛksˈpætrɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. resident in a foreign country

  2. exiled or banished from one's native country: an expatriate American

noun(ɛksˈpætrɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. a person who lives in a foreign country

  2. an exile; expatriate person

verb(ɛksˈpætrɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to exile (oneself) from one's native country or cause (another) to go into exile

  2. to deprive (oneself or another) of citizenship

Origin of expatriate

C18: from Medieval Latin expatriāre, from Latin ex- 1 + patria native land

Derived forms of expatriate

  • expatriation, noun

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