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 Roughly 10,000 crew have already been repatriated, the company said in a press release. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Several major airlines to begin asking employees, customers to wear face coverings," 3 May 2020 Though the couple is keen to return home, these efforts have eased the tension considerably for the 50 or so guests who remain, all waiting to be repatriated by their governments. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why These Travelers Are Spending Their Coronavirus Quarantine in a Hotel," 2 Apr. 2020 There are close to 5,000 Americans stranded in Peru, and lawmakers are pressuring the State Department to repatriate them back to the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "US works to repatriate up to 5,000 Americans from Peru stranded due to coronavirus," 26 Mar. 2020 Ochoa Yoc de Ramírez's family in Guatemala has requested help from the government there to repatriate her remains. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "22-year-old Guatemalan asylum-seeker dies in ICE custody; 8th death since October," 9 Mar. 2020 Once the agency decided to repatriate them, they were kept in the front of the cargo plane separated by black plastic sheets. Mallory Moench,, "‘Such a debacle’: Bay Area evacuee questions coronavirus quarantine procedures," 21 Feb. 2020 On the return flight, 130 Greeks who had been stranded in Britain due to the travel restrictions will be repatriated back to Greece, the Greek Migration and Asylum Ministry announced. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Rescue flight from Greece reunites refugees with close family in UK after coronavirus delayed trip," 12 May 2020 In December 2019, something very, very strange happened: The government repatriated two North Korean fishermen who had asked for asylum. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Up from North Korea," 4 May 2020 Nearly 75,000 passengers have been repatriated by Lufthansa Repatriation flights have become vital, as citizens stranded by ever-changing travel restrictions try to return home from abroad. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Coronavirus Air Travel: These Numbers Show the Massive Impact of the Pandemic," 13 Apr. 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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29 May 2020

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“Repatriate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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