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
repatriation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌpā-​trē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce repatriation (audio) , -​ˌpa-​ \ noun

Examples of repatriate in a Sentence

Countries are required to repatriate prisoners of war when conflict has ended.

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The two countries agreed to begin repatriating them in January, but that was called off amid concerns among aid works and the Rohingya that their safety wasn't guaranteed. Fox News, "A year later, fractured Rohingya community sees little hope," 24 Aug. 2018 The bank estimates that companies repatriated around $160 billion in the first quarter. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Bounces Back and Looks Poised for More Gains," 1 July 2018 Rihanna has singlehandedly managed to repatriate the skinny brow to our collective consciousness. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "Rihanna Reportedly Has a Lookalike Model to Try Out Brow Looks, As You Do When You're Rihanna," 8 Dec. 2018 Genomic sequencing has already helped repatriate human remains elsewhere in the world. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 The secretary of state was unable to provide a timeline for when North Korea might move to repatriate the remains of U.S. soldiers who died in the 1950-1953 war, a move that Mr. Trump previously said in error had already taken place. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Senators Grill Pompeo Over Foreign Policy," 25 July 2018 From 1990 to 2005, joint U.S.-North Korean search teams repatriated 229 sets of remains. John Hudson, Washington Post, "POW deal with North Korea followed strong lobbying by Defense Department: ‘It’s a humanitarian issue’," 12 June 2018 And that could help with efforts to repatriate Aboriginal Australian remains that museums haven’t been able to trace. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 This comes as the Trump administration faces the challenge of repatriating hundreds of foreign fighters from prisons in Syria to their home nations. Courtney Kube, NBC News, "Will Trump release a Saudi prisoner from Guantanamo?," 15 Feb. 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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The first known use of repatriate was in 1611

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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