[pey-tree-eyt; especially British pa‐]

verb (used with object), pa·tri·at·ed, pa·tri·at·ing. 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 formspa·tri·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for patriate


verb (tr)

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 Formspatriation, 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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