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State seizing Grand Duke settled abroad (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

emigrated

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Here is my best explanation:

'settled abroad' is the definition.

'state seizing grand duke' is the wordplay.
'state' becomes 'emirate' (I've seen this before**).
'seizing' is an insertion indicator.
'grand' becomes 'g' ('G' can be a synonym of 'grand').
'duke' becomes 'd'.
'emirate' going around 'g' is 'emigrate'.
'emigrate'+'d'='EMIGRATED'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for emigrated that I've seen before include "Went abroad to live", "moved overseas", "Moved abroad" and "gone away?".)

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