repatriate

verb
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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Other Words from repatriate

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 After the war, the U.S. launched a worldwide effort to repatriate the dead. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 Yet as France reels from years of terrorist attacks, the government has opposed calls to repatriate people who left to wage jihad. New York Times, 28 May 2021 Plans are underway to bring in forensics experts to identify and repatriate the remains of the children found buried on the Kamloops site. BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 Plans are underway to bring in forensics experts to identify and repatriate the remains of the children found buried on the Kamloops site. Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, 31 May 2021 Plans are underway to bring in forensics experts to identify and repatriate the remains of the children found buried on the Kamloops site. Rob Gillies, ajc, 31 May 2021 Plans are underway to bring in forensics experts to identify and repatriate the remains of the children found buried on the site. Rob Gillies, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2021 The wait had already stretched three and a half weeks, as family in the U.S., the Mexican Consulate in San Diego and a funeral home in Logan Heights worked to repatriate Chavez Segovia. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Universities and museums now often try to repatriate many of the human remains that were once on display in archaeological and anthropological collections. NBC News, 11 May 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Repatriate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repatriate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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repatriate

verb

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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