ex·​pa·​tri·​ate | \ ek-ˈspā-trē-ˌāt How to pronounce expatriate (audio) \
expatriated; expatriating

Definition of expatriate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : banish, exile
2 : to withdraw (oneself) from residence in or allegiance to one's native country

intransitive verb

: to leave one's native country to live elsewhere also : to renounce allegiance to one's native country


ex·​pa·​tri·​ate | \ ek-ˈspā-trē-ət How to pronounce expatriate (audio) , -trē-ˌāt How to pronounce expatriate (audio) \

Definition of expatriate (Entry 2 of 3)

: living in a foreign land


ex·​pa·​tri·​ate | \ ek-ˈspā-trē-ət How to pronounce expatriate (audio) , -trē-ˌāt How to pronounce expatriate (audio) \

Definition of expatriate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person who lives in a foreign country Hemingway himself in The Sun Also Rises, 1926, had given the picture of the dislocated life of young English and American expatriates in the bars of Paris, the "lost generation," as Gertrude Stein defined them.— Robert Penn Warren

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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of expatriate in a Sentence

Verb members of the deposed dictator's once-feared political party were expatriated as well
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Maybe some of them will try to move, expatriate, or do an inversion. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The building still housed a small but interesting collection of maps, rare books, and historical newspapers from Tangier, as well as a collection of art by some of the city’s famous Moroccan and expatriate artist residents. Graham Cornwell, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 Gifts must be made long enough in advance that there is no appearance of a plan to gift and then expatriate, but a recent law might have made this more appealing. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2020 Qatar is renewing efforts to make real estate more attractive to expatriate residents, foreign investors and real estate funds. Simone Foxman, Bloomberg.com, 6 Oct. 2020 The protection of students’ ability to express themselves freely should extend to expatriate communities. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, 22 Sep. 2020 Turkey has already expatriated some 7,600 suspected fighters over the past several years, officials in Ankara say. The Economist, 28 Nov. 2019 Both sectors were intensive and extensive, monoculture producers of cash commodities for export, with the profits expatriated to outside owners. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, 31 Aug. 2019 In the 2000s, anti-Chinese sentiment resulted in riots in the Solomon Islands, PNG and Tonga, where a fatal unrest prompted Beijing to send a charter plane to expatriate around 200 Chinese nationals. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, 22 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His friend Jean André Rouquet, an expatriate Swiss miniaturist, helped to establish Hogarth’s reputation in Europe by publishing a French-language monograph of his engravings. Tobias Grey, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 By the end of 2015, all but one of the expatriate workers on the ship had evacuated. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Dubai has always embraced expatriate workers from around the world. Ellen Paris, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The following month, expatriate Koreans espousing varied but mostly liberal-democratic views formed a provisional government in Shanghai, as if to ready Korea for independence. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, 17 Dec. 2020 Kidman is an executive producer on the series through her Blossom Films production company and also stars in the show, which is adapted from a Janice Y. K. Lee novel about the privileged lives of a group of expatriate women. Patrick Frater, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 Chevron is now requiring expatriate employees, workers traveling internationally, and employees on U.S.-flagged ships to receive vaccinations, said company spokesman Braden Reddall. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2021 Another expatriate Colombian studying climate change is limnologist Alejandra Rodríguez-Abaunza. Andrew Wight, Forbes, 27 June 2021 At a 2018 news conference about the case, authorities said McLeod might be in expatriate communities on the coast, and was known to go to nightclubs. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Moreover, this limited edition of 5,000 boxes is being made by expatriate cigar rollers, with each roller crafting an entire cigar, from start to finish. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2021 Thomas Chatterton Williams is an expatriate writer and a former Harper’s Magazine Easy Chair columnist. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 15 Nov. 2021 An Associated Press reporter in Rio de Janeiro soon cornered an expatriate businessman known as Donald Lee Moore. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 By the 1920s, Dada was firmly entrenched there, and an expatriate community flourished on the Left Bank. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 That is the saga of T&C’s home, the Hearst Tower, born in 1927 as the International Magazine Building, when it was designed by the Viennese expatriate Joseph Urban as the headquarters for William Randolph Hearst’s growing empire of magazines. Paul Goldberger, Town & Country, 24 Sep. 2021 In the nineteen-thirties, the Philharmonic achieved distinction under the august expatriate conductor Otto Klemperer, but the best orchestras in town belonged to the movie studios, where so many refugees from Hitler found employment. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 That morning, the baby’s godfather, an expatriate writer, had caused a stir in the church, since none of the villagers, most of them farmers, had ever seen a Black man in person. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Quarantine exceptionalism aside, the show’s focus on the expatriate bubble at a time when the city is undergoing a political sea change is also rubbing Hong Kongers the wrong way. Mary Hui, Quartz, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of expatriate


1768, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1812, in the meaning defined above


1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expatriate


Medieval Latin expatriatus, past participle of expatriare to leave one's own country, from Latin ex- + patria native country, from feminine of patrius of a father, from patr-, pater father — more at father

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English Language Learners Definition of expatriate

: a person who lives in a foreign country


ex·​pa·​tri·​ate | \ ek-ˈspā-trē-ˌāt How to pronounce expatriate (audio) \
expatriated; expatriating

Legal Definition of expatriate

transitive verb

: to voluntarily withdraw (oneself) from allegiance to one's native country

intransitive verb

: to renounce allegiance to one's country and abandon one's nationality voluntarily

Other Words from expatriate

expatriate \ -​trē-​ət \ noun
expatriation \ ek-​ˌspā-​trē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce expatriate (audio) \ noun

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