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verb [transitive] [usually passive]     exile pronunciation in British English
/ˈeksaɪl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyexile
he/she/itexiles
present participleexiling
past tenseexiled
past participleexiled
  1. to force someone to live in a foreign country, usually for political reasons

    Napoleon was first exiled in 1814.

    exile someone to something:

    His father had been exiled to France.

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