re·pa·tri·ate | \(ˌ)rē-ˈpā-trē-ˌāt, -ˈpa-\
repatriated; repatriating

Definition of repatriate 

transitive verb

: to restore or return to the country of origin, allegiance, or citizenship repatriate prisoners of war

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Other Words from repatriate

repatriate \(ˌ)rē-ˈpā-trē-ət, -trē-ˌāt, -ˈpa- \ noun
repatriation \(ˌ)rē-ˌpā-trē-ˈā-shən, -ˌpa- \ noun

Examples of repatriate in a Sentence

Countries are required to repatriate prisoners of war when conflict has ended.

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Between 1990 and 2005, North Korea returned 229 caskets containing the remains of American soldiers, and repatriated another six soldiers in 2007. Eli Meixler, Time, "President Trump Says North Korea Has Returned the Remains of 200 U.S. Soldiers," 20 June 2018 Rohingya who have been repatriated in the past have been forced to live in camps in Myanmar. Washington Post,, "Myanmar repatriates first Rohingya family despite UN warnings," 15 Apr. 2018 Kim also agreed then to repatriate remains of U.S. troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018 North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of American war dead, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation. Adam Taylor,, "North Korean officials are apparent no-shows for meeting on returning U.S. troops' remains," 12 July 2018 Related The agreement to repatriate al-Darbi was made under President Barack Obama, whose administration sought to gradually reduce the prison population in the hope of eventually closing the controversial detention center. NBC News, "U.S. transfers Guantanamo detainee to his native Saudi Arabia," 3 May 2018 That effect is proving stronger than the expectation that American firms will repatriate more profits thanks to the recent tax cut. The Economist, "Playing ketchup to the dollarValue matters again in currency markets," 18 Jan. 2018 Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in November to begin repatriating the Rohingya, but the refugees expressed concern that they would be forced to return and face unsafe conditions if the process is not monitored by international aid groups. Fox News, "UN agencies agree to help return of Rohingya to Myanmar," 1 June 2018 Bilateral efforts by Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya have resulted in a token number of returns. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Myanmar and U.N. Agree to Aim for Repatriation of Rohingya," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of repatriate

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for repatriate

Late Latin repatriatus, past participle of repatriare to go home again — more at repair entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of repatriate

: to return (someone) to his or her own country

business : to send (money) back to your own country

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