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 United Kingdom stripped them of citizenship as far back as 2015, and now refuses to put them on trial, citing the legal complications of repatriating former citizens. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "US detention of ISIS 'Beatles' shows the collapse in relations with Turkey," 10 Oct. 2019 Bangladesh and Myanmar attempted for a second time to begin repatriating the refugees to Myanmar in August but failed after no one agreed to return voluntarily. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bangladesh to install fences around Rohingya refugee camps," 26 Sep. 2019 That sharply reduced the additional cost of repatriating foreign funds. Theo Francis, WSJ, "U.S. Companies Brought Home More Profits From Overseas," 20 June 2019 After her husband’s death, Barnacle asked the Irish government to repatriate his remains, but her request was refused. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Dublin Wants to Reclaim James Joyce’s Body Before the Centenary of ‘Ulysses’," 21 Oct. 2019 His lawyers have managed to frustrate efforts to repatriate most of the funds frozen in his British bank accounts. The Economist, "African kleptocrats are finding it tougher to stash cash in the West," 10 Oct. 2019 That changed in 2017 when the Trump White House reached an agreement with Iraq to repatriate its nationals who were subject to deportation. Los Angeles Times, "Iraqi Chaldeans supported Trump. Now one of their own died after being deported," 12 Aug. 2019 Their families are currently working with US officials to repatriate their remains. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Texas couple who died in Fiji had been 'throwing up for up to 8 hours'," 6 June 2019 Hong Kong later put Vietnamese refugees in internment camps, before repatriating or sending most off for resettlement in Western countries. Los Angeles Times, "As China pushes in, Hong Kong’s first ethnic minority social worker wants a future for everyone," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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28 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Repatriate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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