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[verb eks-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-tree-; adjective, noun eks-pey-tree-it, -eyt or, esp. British, -pa-tree-]
verb (used with object), ex·pa·tri·at·ed, ex·pa·tri·at·ing.
  1. to banish (a person) from his or her native country.
  2. to withdraw (oneself) from residence in one's native country.
  3. to withdraw (oneself) from allegiance to one's country.
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verb (used without object), ex·pa·tri·at·ed, ex·pa·tri·at·ing.
  1. to become an expatriate: He expatriated from his homeland.
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  1. expatriated; exiled.
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  1. an expatriated person: Many American writers were living as expatriates in Paris.
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Origin of expatriate

1760–70; < Medieval Latin expatriātus (past participle of expatriāre to banish), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + patri(a) native land + -ātus -ate1
Related formsex·pa·tri·a·tion, nounself-ex·pa·tri·a·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for expatriated

Historical Examples

  • He had expatriated himself many years ago and was in Madagascar.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

  • Dante, expatriated, and exiled from wife and children, is not forgotten.

    Genius in Sunshine and Shadow

    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • I had forgotten the state of the bondman, the condition of the expatriated African.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2)

    Robert Montgomery Bird

  • But the nurse goes to Canada to marry her lover, expatriated for some cause.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis

    Amanda Minnie Douglas

  • "I see—one of the expatriated class," said Maclean, contemptuously.

    Dorothy and other Italian Stories

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

British Dictionary definitions for expatriated


adjective (ɛksˈpætrɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. resident in a foreign country
  2. exiled or banished from one's native countryan expatriate American
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noun (ɛksˈpætrɪɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. a person who lives in a foreign country
  2. an exile; expatriate person
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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
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Derived Formsexpatriation, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Medieval Latin expatriāre, from Latin ex- 1 + patria native land
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Word Origin and History for expatriated



1768, from French expatrier "banish" (14c.), from ex- "out of" (see ex-) + patrie "native land," from Latin patria "one's native country," from pater (genitive patris) "father" (cf. patriot). Related: Expatriated; expatriating. The noun is from 1818, "one who has been banished;" main modern sense of "one who chooses to live abroad" is 1902.

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