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 After her husband’s death, Barnacle asked the Irish government to repatriate his remains, but her request was refused. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Dublin Wants to Reclaim James Joyce’s Body Before the Centenary of ‘Ulysses’," 21 Oct. 2019 His lawyers have managed to frustrate efforts to repatriate most of the funds frozen in his British bank accounts. The Economist, "African kleptocrats are finding it tougher to stash cash in the West," 10 Oct. 2019 That changed in 2017 when the Trump White House reached an agreement with Iraq to repatriate its nationals who were subject to deportation. Los Angeles Times, "Iraqi Chaldeans supported Trump. Now one of their own died after being deported," 12 Aug. 2019 Their families are currently working with US officials to repatriate their remains. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Texas couple who died in Fiji had been 'throwing up for up to 8 hours'," 6 June 2019 Hong Kong later put Vietnamese refugees in internment camps, before repatriating or sending most off for resettlement in Western countries. Los Angeles Times, "As China pushes in, Hong Kong’s first ethnic minority social worker wants a future for everyone," 23 Aug. 2019 Most recently, the company faced allegations of illegally repatriating $8.1 billion in profits and owing $2 billion in taxes. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s largest mobile operator is about to become a bank," 1 Aug. 2019 The United Kingdom stripped them of citizenship as far back as 2015, and now refuses to put them on trial, citing the legal complications of repatriating former citizens. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "One of the ISIS 'Beatles' says he's sorry. Will confessions save these fighters from death row?," 10 June 2019 Nor will the upward pressure on rates that will come about as the tech giants begin liquidating their $700 billion holdings of corporate debt to enjoy the tax benefit of repatriating cash to the U.S. Daniel J. Arbess, Fortune, "Commentary: The Economy Looks Good Today, But the Next Debt Crisis Is on the Horizon," 28 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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14 Nov 2019

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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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