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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.
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 repatriation
  • EU law now allows for repatriation of inmates to serve their sentences in their native countries.
  • Representatives meet weekly to resolve issues ranging from communications between opposing armies to repatriation of war remains.
  • His chosen cause is the repatriation of billions of dollars supposedly stashed abroad by the rich and crooked.
  • Yesterday's arrivals here completed the first phase of the prisoner repatriation.
British Dictionary definitions for repatriation


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 repatriation

1590s, from Late Latin reparationem (nominative repatriatio), noun of action from past participle stem of repatriare "return to one's own country," from Latin re- "back" (see re-) + patria "native land" (see patriot).



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

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