re·​pa·​tri·​a·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌpā-trē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce repatriation (audio)
plural repatriations
: the act or process of restoring or returning someone or something to the country of origin, allegiance, or citizenship : the act of repatriating or the state of being repatriated
While officials privately acknowledge there is scant legal basis for repatriation, their public statements suggest that they would use lawsuits, diplomatic pressure and shame to bring home looted objects—not unlike Italy, Greece and Egypt, which have sought, with some success, to recover antiquities in European and American museums.Andrew Jacobs
They say they have that right under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which requires that human remains and artifacts be returned to Indian tribes that can show a cultural link.Timothy Egan
This left him an illegal immigrant in Hong Kong, subject to arrest and repatriation at any time.Nicholas D. Kristof

Examples of repatriation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In practice, this cause-and-effect has fueled a wide repatriation, as skilled graduates of the country’s top training programs return from outposts abroad for the opportunity to work on projects at home. Ben Croll, Variety, 8 May 2024 The mandatory repatriation tax is a one-time tax targeting U.S. taxpayers who hold shares of certain foreign corporations and requires them to pay a levy on their proportionate share of the company's earnings. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for repatriation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repatriation was in 1592

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“Repatriation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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