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[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.
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.
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
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[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 repatriated
  • After the war, more than twice as many bodies were repatriated back to their homes after the request of their families.
  • The two-thirds who do not win any protection are meant to be repatriated.
  • It would continue to appreciate while funds are repatriated in the near term.
  • The authorities have been quietly tightening up on the re-export of repatriated artworks.
  • Foreign earnings used for those purposes would instead be treated as repatriated and subject to normal corporate tax rates.
British Dictionary definitions for repatriated


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 repatriated



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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