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 Both were individuals under federal quarantine at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, after U.S. officials repatriated them from Wuhan, China, in early February. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "U.S. officials add screenings at nation's borders to contain spread of new coronavirus, don't rule out shutting down border," 5 Mar. 2020 Most of the cases were in Washington State, California and Texas, including Americans who are under quarantine after being repatriated from China. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Worship in the Age of Coronavirus: Prayer, Elbow Bumps, Hand Sanitizer," 3 Mar. 2020 Health officials reported Monday evening that the number of domestic cases of coronavirus is now 105, about half of whom were repatriated after contracting the disease abroad. Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus stalks the aged and infirm, who face the most serious, lethal risk," 3 Mar. 2020 As of early Saturday, there were at least 67 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US -- the majority of which were repatriated passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "There are at least 4 coronavirus cases in the US that are not travel-related, officials say," 29 Feb. 2020 As the coronavirus epidemic takes hold in more countries around the world, China is trying to stop the disease from being repatriated by travelers arriving from abroad. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Tightens Screening of Travelers, Fearing Reinfection From Abroad," 27 Feb. 2020 Since Greece gained independence from the Ottoman Empire 200 years ago, the nation has argued that the marbles should be repatriated from Great Britain. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "3-D Imaging Reveals Toll of Parthenon Marbles’ Deterioration," 11 Dec. 2019 Of those cases in the U.S. (pictured below), at least 48 were diagnosed in individuals who were repatriated to the United States on government charter flights from Wuhan, China, and from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, "Coronavirus map: Tracking the spread in the US and around the world," 10 Mar. 2020 The Federal Reserve is delaying processing dollars that have been repatriated from Asia. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Can you catch the coronavirus from handling cash?," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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3 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Repatriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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