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 end goal: To repatriate the land to the Duwamish, its original inhabitants. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 Last year, the United States and Indonesian governments agreed to establish a joint operation to find and repatriate the remains of American soldiers lost in action across the vast archipelago. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 The School District of Philadelphia is working to repatriate Native American skeletal remains found in a high school classroom closet this summer. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 But authorities cannot repatriate her until Naya gets papers. Fox News, 14 Dec. 2021 Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei offered his condolences to the victims and said his government would help repatriate victims. Anthony Harrup, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 Butler, who has helped repatriate remains from institutions across the South, said the University of Alabama has been the least responsive. al, 18 Nov. 2021 Elsewhere in mainland Europe, France and Germany have also taken measures to repatriate similar objects. Luke Mcgee, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 Among measures Armenia wants the court to impose on Azerbaijan are an order to release and repatriate prisoners of war and halt hate speech aimed at Armenians. Mike Corder, ajc, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Repatriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of repatriate

: to return (someone) to his or her own country
: to send (money) back to your own country


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