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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Maduro’s processor Chavez was also a gold bug, once famously repatriating from vaults in Europe the nation’s bullion reserves. Jorge Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Maduro buys gold to boost savings amid five-digit inflation," 3 Sep. 2018 Flag draped transfer cases with the remains of American soldiers repatriated from North Korea are seen during a repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, on Aug. 1. Nour Malas, WSJ, "Korean War Veterans’ Families Renew a Push for Closure," 19 Aug. 2018 Apple announced this week plans to repatriate nearly $250 billion in cash from overseas to the U.S. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Readies HomePod Amid Speculation About Big Acquisitions," 20 Jan. 2018 The two countries had originally agreed to begin repatriating Rohingya last January, but that was called off amid concerns among aid workers and the Rohingya that their safety wasn’t guaranteed. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh official: Rohingya repatriation ready to begin," 14 Nov. 2018 Germany offers assistance to all its citizens, including those involved in terrorism, and is actively trying to repatriate its nationals. Will Horner, WSJ, "Giving Intelligence on Islamic State to U.S., U.K. Stirs Death Penalty Debate," 24 July 2018 In response, companies began repatriating stockpiled past profits and some of this year’s foreign profits. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "U.S. Tax Changes Hit Global Investment Flows," 15 Oct. 2018 Mattis says talks are ongoing with North Korea to get additional remains repatriated. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US identifies 2 Korean War dead from North Korea remains," 11 Sep. 2018 Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, committed in his June talks with President Trump to repatriating American soldiers’ remains. New York Times, "North Koreans Are No-Shows at Meeting to Discuss U.S. Soldiers’ Remains," 12 July 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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