Definition of expatriate in English:

expatriate

Pronunciation /ˌeksˈpātrēət/ /ˌɛksˈpeɪtriət/ /eksˈpātrēˌāt/ /ɛksˈpeɪtriˌeɪt/

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noun

  • 1A person who lives outside their native country.

    ‘American expatriates in London’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘British expatriates monopolized the upper echelons of the civil service until the late 1980s.’
    • ‘The tax plan was primarily aimed at French expatriates who dominate the state administration and enjoy a far higher standard of living than most of the indigenous population.’
    • ‘The Minister of Immigration is looking at how to encourage more migration back by expatriates, and he will be looking for input and ideas from employers.’
    • ‘They may be employed in retail stores, cafes or holiday resorts, serving the needs of tourists, or as housekeepers in the homes of expatriates, but they return each day to a dismal shanty area.’
    • ‘Some 305,000 expatriates (around 12 percent of the electorate) were eligible to vote.’
    • ‘The majority of these so-called expatriates have come to the Gulf from desperately poor neighbouring regions of Asia and Africa.’
    • ‘An American expatriate now living in Barcelona, Spain, she and her husband teach English and French.’
    • ‘The report points out there are at least 1.5 million skilled expatriates from developing countries employed in western Europe, the United States, Australia and Japan.’
    • ‘It is also ironic that the articulation of national characteristics is an enterprise dominated by immigrants and expatriates.’
    • ‘I'd also want to know if he's ever considered becoming an expatriate.’
    • ‘Government policy is designed to improve and promote opportunities in New Zealand, and it looks to attract highly skilled and talented people, including expatriates.’
    • ‘Will refugees or expatriates, who may be well educated and have experience and skills, choose to return to East Timor?’
    • ‘The Island sounded a similar call, noting that Sri Lankan expatriates had telephoned the newspaper requesting that it promote national unity.’
    • ‘The school follows the U.K. National Curriculum of teaching and all teachers are native English speaking expatriates, recruited predominantly from the U.K.’
    • ‘It is based on misinformation from foreign-funded expatriates.’
    • ‘In Manila and Jakarta, the situation was somewhat better with tourists and foreign expatriates apparently not disturbed by the horrific events in Bali.’
    • ‘A community of foreign expatriates who have taken Vincentian citizenship live in the southeast section of the main island.’
    newcomer, settler, incomer, new arrival, migrant, emigrant
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    1. 1.1archaic A person exiled from their native country.
      emigrant, non-native, émigré, migrant, economic migrant, guest worker
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adjective

attributive
  • 1Denoting or relating to a person living outside their native country.

    ‘expatriate writers and artists’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fiji's Court of Appeal - comprised of expatriate judges - ordered the restoration of the Constitution and the staging of elections.’
    • ‘This court normally comprises expatriate judges, currently including representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.’
    • ‘Do expatriate writers and artists create cultural continuums that have more to do with a sense of regional internationalism than the binary of motherland and exile?’
    • ‘Striking oil workers holding expatriate staff hostage agreed to release them on Friday.’
    • ‘A multinational firm gives cash to immigration officials so they will promptly grant legitimate visa requests for their expatriate employees.’
    • ‘During the negotiation stages, project developers who are mostly expatriate men are usually reluctant to work outside frameworks that are considered customary.’
    • ‘This became a major issue as the population of expatriate children fluctuated; little English was spoken outside of group activities.’
    • ‘A great deal is expected of expatriate workers, but many organisations underestimate the nature and severity of the difficulties faced by workers when they go abroad.’
    • ‘The journal started its existence in 1930 by soliciting the opinions of expatriate writers about Proust's art and its possible influence.’
    • ‘Malaria-related health insurance costs for expatriate workers and their families provide a powerful disincentive for manufacturing activities.’
    • ‘The information is used to assist multinational companies in determining compensation allowances for their expatriate workers.’
    • ‘Just under 100 expatriate workers are still trapped on the four rigs.’
    • ‘He is an expatriate rebel leader from the Spanish Civil War living in France.’
    • ‘The European Union was more frank, when it withdrew its expatriate staff last week because of what it described as the ‘general tension and uncertainty’ in the country.’
    • ‘Most avant-garde works, if they sell at all, go to expatriate business-people and diplomats - and now to Western art dealers and museum curators on buying trips.’
    • ‘However, even after Independence in 1947, British expatriate firms did not suddenly divest from India.’
    • ‘A large part of the business remains the broadcasting of sport to expatriate communities.’
    emigrant, living abroad, working abroad, non-native, émigré
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    1. 1.1archaic Expelled from one's native country.
      ‘Expatriate Saudis living in London, notionally providing opposition in exile, had been bought off long ago.’
      • ‘It is estimated about 150,000 exiled and expatriate Iraqis in the UK are eligible to vote in the January 30 election.’
      • ‘She also incarnates expatriate women, like Hooda, living in exile in London.’
      • ‘Do you consider yourself an expatriate writer, and if so, what does your exile serve?’
      • ‘An eclectic collection of expatriate figures in exile have found it difficult to unite over common principles.’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Settle oneself abroad.

    ‘candidates should be willing to expatriate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many who expatriated will return to invest their money.’
    • ‘I am American, sometimes I wish I could expatriate but at the moment that just isn't an option.’
    settle abroad, live abroad, relocate abroad
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Origin

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’.