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[verb ree-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-; noun ree-pey-tree-it or, esp. British, -pa-] /verb riˈpeɪ triˌeɪt or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-; noun riˈpeɪ tri ɪt or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-/
verb (used with object), repatriated, repatriating.
to bring or send back (a person, especially a prisoner of war, a refugee, etc.) to his or her country or land of citizenship.
(of profits or other assets) to send back to one's own country.
verb (used without object), repatriated, repatriating.
to return to one's own country:
to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
a person who has been repatriated.
Origin of repatriate
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
[ree-pey-tree-uh-buh l or, esp. British, -pa-] /riˈpeɪ tri ə bəl or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-/ (Show IPA),
repatriation, noun
nonrepatriable, adjective
nonrepatriation, noun
unrepatriated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for repatriate
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  • His experiences were not such as to induce him to repatriate himself permanently.

    Fathers and Children Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • But the committee came to the conclusion that the only thing they could do was to repatriate the man.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • The British authorities declared that they could not repatriate men of Urmi.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • And then the administrator tells us, yes, he is a repatriate.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • When they recovered they were sent to India, for it was not feasible to repatriate them by way of Persia.

    War in the Garden of Eden Kermit Roosevelt
  • Finally, the English Government offered to repatriate the Turkish women without any reciprocity conditions.

British Dictionary definitions for repatriate


verb (transitive) (riːˈpætrɪˌeɪt)
to send back (a refugee, prisoner of war, etc) to the country of his birth or citizenship
to send back (a sum of money previously invested abroad) to its country of origin
noun (riːˈpætrɪɪt)
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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