expatriate

verb
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

expatriate

adjective
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

expatriate

noun
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 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, "More Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship," 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, "Qatar Eases Rules on Foreign Property Ownership Amid Slump," 6 Oct. 2020 The protection of students’ ability to express themselves freely should extend to expatriate communities. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, "How to Counter the Chinese Communist Party," 22 Sep. 2020 Turkey has already expatriated some 7,600 suspected fighters over the past several years, officials in Ankara say. The Economist, "Turkey deports Islamic State fighters," 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, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 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, "Why China is challenging Australia for influence over the Pacific Islands," 22 July 2019 When Mary Richards was a child, Van Lew expatriated her to Liberia, reflecting a disturbing belief shared by pro-slavery and anti-slavery whites that free blacks had no place in this country. Lois Leveen, Time, "She Was Born Into Slavery, Was a Spy and Is Celebrated as a Hero—But We're Missing the Point of the 'Mary Bowser' Story," 19 June 2019 Plus, several Manhattan chefs have expatriated to the town, so, yum. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Take A Weekend Getaway In Hudson, New York," 16 Sep. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Man wanted for murder in San Diego added to U.S. Marshals ‘Most Wanted List’," 5 Apr. 2021 Starting Tuesday, Japan will begin easing entry restrictions for newly arriving expatriate workers and other long-term residents from Taiwan, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Allison Prang And David Hall, WSJ, "New U.S. Coronavirus Cases Fall Below 25,000," 8 Sep. 2020 In addition to sheer numbers, Groves had to contend with scores of expatriate German scientists and with some American scientists who had shown sympathy to the Soviet Union. Dennis Eskow, Popular Mechanics, "How They Hid the Bomb: 75 Years After the Trinity Nuclear Test," 16 July 2020 The company, founded in 1980, became one of the largest remittance operators in the Middle East by mainly catering to Indian expatriate workers in the Gulf. Dinesh Nair, Bloomberg.com, "NMC Lenders Tally Losses as ADCB Taps Lazard to Recover Funds," 5 May 2020 He was scheduled to return to the West African country on Dec. 23 after months in Europe building support for his political movement among expatriate Ivorians, but changed his plans after the issue of an arrest warrant. Leanne De Bassompierre, Bloomberg.com, "Ivory Coast Urged to Uphold Legal Rights of Political Opponents," 8 May 2020 From tax codes to residency restrictions to health care systems, each country offers a slightly different introduction to expatriate life. Lana Bortolot, New York Times, "Thinking of Moving Abroad? Here Are Five Things to Know Before You Go," 21 Feb. 2020 Hong Kong is home to a large expatriate population, including 25,000 Japanese citizens. Washington Post, "China hosts Japan, S. Korea ministers in bid to smooth row," 22 Aug. 2019 On the job, expatriate employees of Aramco in Saudi Arabia discover that industry leadership means technical excellence with a commitment to innovation. Houston Chronicle, "Aramco expatriates discover their full potential," 15 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An investigation by the Guardian newspaper in 2020 revealed the organization’s leader to be Rinaldo Nazzaro, an American expatriate living in St. Petersburg, Russia. al, "Alabama man part of Georgia neo-Nazi group allegedly plotting to kill activists," 26 Apr. 2021 Back in Mexico City, officials were struggling to figure out how to keep up with the expatriate death toll. Washington Post, "Mexican migrant deaths in the U.S. have surged during the pandemic. Sending bodies home is a challenge.," 11 Apr. 2021 Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a marijuana empire in London. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 On October 2nd, six months after that dinner, Saudi agents brutally murdered the expatriate Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Ari Emanuel Takes on the World," 19 Apr. 2021 Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a marijuana empire in London. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Mickey Pearson is an American expatriate who became rich by building a marijuana empire in London. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 The departure of the Sorokin family and other Russian diplomats means that Pyongyang's already small expatriate community, a valuable source of information on one of the world's most reclusive and secretive countries, is shrinking even further. Paula Hancocks And Cnn Staff, CNN, "Russian diplomats and their families leave North Korea by hand-pushed rail trolley due to Covid-19 restrictions," 26 Feb. 2021 Last week Mars welcomed its newest Earthling expatriate when NASA's Perseverance rover arrived on the planet. Jacob Muñoz, Smithsonian Magazine, "How to Keep Up With NASA’s Perseverance Rover as It Explores Mars," 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of expatriate

Verb

1768, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1812, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for expatriate

Verb

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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“Expatriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expatriate. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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expatriate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of expatriate

: a person who lives in a foreign country

expatriate

verb
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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