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ex•pa•tri•ate /ɛksˈpeɪtriɪt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. dwelling in a foreign land:The expatriate community, mostly British and Americans, was invited to the ambassador's residence.

n. [countable]
  1. a person dwelling in a foreign country.
See -patr-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ex•pa•tri•ate  (v. eks pātrē āt′ or, esp. Brit., -patrē-;adj., n. eks pātrē it, -āt′ or, esp. Brit., -patrē-),USA pronunciation v.,  -at•ed, -at•ing, adj., n. 
  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.

  1. to become an expatriate:He expatriated from his homeland.

  1. expatriated;

  1. an expatriated person:Many American writers were living as expatriates in Paris.
ex•pa′tri•ation, n. 
  • Medieval Latin expatriātus (past participle of expatriāre to banish), equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + patri(a) native land + -ātus -ate1
  • 1760–70

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

expatriate adj /ɛksˈpætrɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
  1. resident in a foreign country
  2. exiled or banished from one's native country
n /ɛksˈpætrɪɪt; -ˌeɪt/
  1. a person who lives in a foreign country
  2. an exile; expatriate person
vb /ɛksˈpætrɪˌeɪt/(transitive)
  1. to exile (oneself) from one's native country or cause (another) to go into exile
Etymology: 18th Century: from Medieval Latin expatriāre, from Latin ex-1 + patria native land

exˌpatriˈation n

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