re·​pa·​tri·​ate | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈpā-trē-ˌāt How to pronounce repatriate (audio) , -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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repatriate \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈpā-​trē-​ət How to pronounce repatriate (audio) , -​trē-​ˌāt , -​ˈpa-​ \ noun

Examples of repatriate in a Sentence

Countries are required to repatriate prisoners of war when conflict has ended.
Recent Examples on the Web The industry as a whole has also struggled to repatriate all crew members aboard, leaving thousands of workers stranded at sea for months without pay after the industry shut down in March. Anchorage Daily News, "The CDC upgrades cruise ship COVID-19 infection risk to highest level possible," 23 Nov. 2020 Many skilled nursing facilities, Evans said, are struggling to repatriate residents after hospital stays. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Intensive care units struggle to staff growing COVID-19 caseloads," 14 Dec. 2020 Although foreign investors can repatriate funds from China’s domestic stock market, the process can be long and unpredictable. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Sinochem, ChemChina Consider Merger Plan That Won't Raise U.S. National Security Concerns," 9 Dec. 2020 For the European Union, Brexit is an opportunity to repatriate some business from across the English Channel and further bolster the continent’s economic standing in the world. Eshe Nelson, New York Times, "Brexit Is Nipping at London’s Role as a Financial Powerhouse," 27 Nov. 2020 Flights to repatriate some migrants have also started. Joseph Wilson, Star Tribune, "Spain opens 2nd migrant camp on overrun Gran Canaria island," 18 Nov. 2020 Déa Hage-Chahine and Serge Majdalani are two young Lebanese who have partnered on a mission to repatriate migrant domestic workers stranded in Lebanon by the worst economic crisis in the country’s modern history. Dalal Mawad, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lebanese duo helps stranded migrant workers find a way home," 9 Nov. 2020 Chinese authorities have refused to repatriate the 12 to Hong Kong and waited 37 days before charging them. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "No Escape From Hong Kong," 1 Oct. 2020 But even so, Italy has only been able to repatriate 1,186 this year -- 1,032 since the most recent agreement in July. Star Tribune, "Never flagged as a danger, Nice attacker traveled unimpeded," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of repatriate was in 1611

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10 Jan 2021

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“Repatriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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