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repatriate

[v. ree-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-; n. ree-pey-tree-it or, esp. British, -pa-] /v. riˈpeɪ triˌeɪt or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-; n. riˈpeɪ tri ɪt or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-/
verb (used with object), repatriated, repatriating.
1.
to bring or send back (a person, especially a prisoner of war, a refugee, etc.) to his or her country or land of citizenship.
2.
(of profits or other assets) to send back to one's own country.
verb (used without object), repatriated, repatriating.
3.
to return to one's own country:
to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
noun
4.
a person who has been repatriated.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin repatriātus (past participle of repatriāre to return to one's fatherland), equivalent to Latin re- re- + patri(a) native country (noun use of feminine of patrius paternal, derivative of pater father) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
repatriable
[ree-pey-tree-uh-buh l or, esp. British, -pa-] /riˈpeɪ tri ə bəl or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
repatriation, noun
nonrepatriable, adjective
nonrepatriation, noun
unrepatriated, adjective
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Examples from the web for repatriate
  • Corporations do not have to pay taxes on income unless they repatriate the money.
  • Foreign corporations were given the right to repatriate profits freely.
  • Remittances may rise in the short term, though, as returning migrants repatriate their savings.
  • These regulations can also make it difficult to repatriate profits to an automaker's home country.
British Dictionary definitions for repatriate

repatriate

verb (transitive) (riːˈpætrɪˌeɪt)
1.
to send back (a refugee, prisoner of war, etc) to the country of his birth or citizenship
2.
to send back (a sum of money previously invested abroad) to its country of origin
noun (riːˈpætrɪɪt)
3.
a person who has been repatriated
Derived Forms
repatriation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin repatriāre from Latin re- + patria fatherland; compare repair²
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Word Origin and History for repatriate
v.

1610s, from Late Latin repatriatus, past participle of repatriare "return to one's country" (see repatriation). Related: Repatriated; repatriating.

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