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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-]
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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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deportation, proscription, expulsion, ostracism, extradition, banishment

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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 expatriation


1816, from French expatriation, noun of action from expatrier (see expatriate).

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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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expatriation in Culture



Voluntarily leaving the nation of one's birth for permanent or prolonged residence in another country.

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Voluntary departure from the nation of one's birth for permanent or prolonged residence in another nation.

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