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.

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Donald’s remains were repatriated to the U.S. and interred at the Golden Gate National Cemetery., "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 In July, Moscow sent a proposal to Washington to jointly repatriate some 1.7 million Syrian refugees from Lebanon, Turkey and Europe. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "At Istanbul Summit, Russia Seeks Role as Mediator of Syria War," 27 Oct. 2018 Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed in December to begin repatriating the refugees in January, but the process has been delayed. Fox News, "UN team arrives in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya refugees," 28 Apr. 2018 Beyond that, companies have announced plans to repatriate another $37 billion. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Trump Promised a Rush of Repatriated Cash, But Company Responses Are Modest," 16 Sep. 2018 After spending nearly a year and a half in a North Korean prison, the Ohio student died shortly after being released from custody and repatriated. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Chinese tourists involved in North Korea traffic accident, government says," 23 Apr. 2018 In recent months, at least three Saudi citizens have been forcibly repatriated to the kingdom, people familiar with the matter said. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "President Trump on Missing Saudi Journalist: ‘I Do Not Like It’," 8 Oct. 2018 Of the 30 aircraft that Project Recover has found, 27 are associated with 113 missing service members, and the remains of five airmen have been repatriated. Mike Ives,, "A World War II mystery is solved, and emotions flood in," 28 May 2018 Of the 30 aircraft that Project Recover has found so far, 27 are associated with 113 missing service members, and the remains of five airmen have been repatriated. Mike Ives, New York Times, "A World War II Mystery Is Solved, and Emotions Flood In," 28 May 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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