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noun American English pronunciation: exile /ˈeɡˌzaɪl/ American English pronunciation: exile /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.

    1. a.
      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.

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