Definition of expatriate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪksˈpatrɪət/
Pronunciation: /ɪksˈpeɪtrɪət/ Pronunciation: /ɛksˈpatrɪət/ Pronunciation: /ɛksˈpeɪtrɪət/
1A person who lives outside their native country: American expatriates in London
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  • The lines of men and women outside polling stations were expatriates casting early votes for a new government.
  • His brief was to ‘create investment opportunities’ for expatriates in the fledgling economy.
  • The truth is that an American expatriate has a foreign income exclusion.
1.1 archaic An exile.
emigrant, non-native, émigré, migrant, economic migrant, guest worker;
displaced person, refugee, exile;
German Gastarbeiter
informal expat, DP


Pronunciation: /ɪksˈpatrɪət/
Pronunciation: /ɪksˈpeɪtrɪət/ Pronunciation: /ɛksˈpatrɪət/ Pronunciation: /ɛksˈpeɪtrɪət/
Denoting or relating to a person living outside their native country: expatriate workers
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  • It was a golden opportunity for him to see the living conditions of expatriate labourers who live in the camps, braving the scorching heat and adverse conditions.
  • Women are very happy to work extremely hard on a project when an outsider such as an expatriate advisor or consultant, takes responsibility but will not take the initiative to begin a process.
  • The only people who turned up for work were expatriate teachers in management and those on temporary contracts.
emigrant, living abroad, working abroad, non-native, émigré;
displaced, refugee, exiled
informal expat


Pronunciation: /ɪksˈpatrɪeɪt/
Pronunciation: /ɪksˈpeɪtrɪeɪt/ Pronunciation: /ɛksˈpeɪtrɪeɪt/ Pronunciation: /ɛksˈpatrɪeɪt/
[with object]
Send (a person or money) abroad: we expatriated the prisoners of war immediately after the end of the war people that have illegally expatriated funds money found to have been expatriated to Singapore banks the poet was then expatriated from France [no object]: candidates should be willing to expatriate
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  • In 1952, he expatriated to France because of racism; and in 1955, he moved to Madrid, Spain, where he spent the last thirty-six years of his life.
  • The current project focuses on measuring ‘gravitational’ issues, as they affect skilled professionals currently expatriated from New Zealand.
  • He expatriated from New Orleans in 1980.
settle abroad, live abroad, relocate abroad



Pronunciation: /ɛksˌpatrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ɛksˌpeɪtrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Ex-pat old-timers say it's the first six months of expatriation that are the worst.
  • Evans chose his country of expatriation well, because his work, drawn in pencil or pen and gently tinted with watercolor, has the delicacy of touch and romantic perfection one often sees in Dutch tiles.
  • Finally, both the United States and some EU member states take a dim view of permanent expatriation motivated by a desire to escape taxes.


Mid 18th century (as a verb): from medieval Latin expatriat- 'gone out from one's country', from the verb expatriare, from ex- 'out' + patria 'native country'.

Words that rhyme with expatriate

repatriate compatriot, patriot

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