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noun exile pronunciation in American English /ˈeɡˌzaɪl/exile pronunciation in American English /ˈekˌsaɪl/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a situation in which you are forced to live in a foreign country because you cannot live in your own country, usually for political reasons
    poems written by Victor Hugo during his exile in the Channel Islands
    in exile: The country’s former leader has been living in exile for two years.
    force/send/drive someone into exile: After a decade of civil war, the losers are being forced into exile.
    self-imposed exile: Wanted in Rome on corruption charges, he now lives in self-imposed exile in Tunisia.
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      mainly journalism a period of time in which you live or work away from home or the place that you prefer
      He returned to California after a brief exile in Texas.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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