repatriate

verb

re·​pa·​tri·​ate (ˌ)rē-ˈpā-trē-ˌāt How to pronounce repatriate (audio)
-ˈpa-
repatriated; repatriating

transitive verb

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

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repatriate was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Repatriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repatriate. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

repatriate

1 of 2 verb
re·​pa·​tri·​ate
(ˈ)rē-ˈpā-trē-ˌāt,
-ˈpa-
repatriated; repatriating
: to return to the country of origin, allegiance, or citizenship
repatriate prisoners of war
repatriation
(ˌ)rē-ˌpā-trē-ˈā-shən
-ˌpa-
noun

repatriate

2 of 2 noun
re·​pa·​tri·​ate
(ˈ)rē-ˈpā-trē-ət,
-tre-ˌāt
: one that is repatriated
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