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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Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement for repatriating refugees, but its implementation is uncertain due to safety, verification and other concerns. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Red Cross leader: Rohingya crisis needs political solutions," 3 July 2018 The costs are high — the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, has estimated the cost of repatriating each migrant at about 8,000 euros (about $9,500). Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy," 22 June 2018 The leaders also agreed to commit to recovering and repatriating the remains of prisoners of war. Eli Meixler, Time, "President Trump and Kim Jong Un Just Agreed to Work Toward Denuclearization. Read the Full Text Here," 12 June 2018 Google’s parent company Alphabet and Apple, among others, have Trump’s tax changes to thank for saving them billions of dollars in taxes for repatriating funds held overseas. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Why the Tech Industry's Cool Relationship With Trump May Be Good for the Rest of the World," 24 May 2018 Between 1990 and 2005, North Korea returned 229 caskets containing the remains of American soldiers, and repatriated another six soldiers in 2007. Eli Meixler, Time, "President Trump Says North Korea Has Returned the Remains of 200 U.S. Soldiers," 20 June 2018 Rohingya who have been repatriated in the past have been forced to live in camps in Myanmar. Washington Post,, "Myanmar repatriates first Rohingya family despite UN warnings," 15 Apr. 2018 Kim also agreed then to repatriate remains of U.S. troops who died during the Korean War six decades ago. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018 North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of American war dead, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation. Adam Taylor,, "North Korean officials are apparent no-shows for meeting on returning U.S. troops' 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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