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repatriate

[verb ree-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-; noun ree-pey-tree-it or, esp. British, -pa-]
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verb (used with object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.
  1. to return to one's own country: to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
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noun
  1. a person who has been repatriated.
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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 formsre·pa·tri·a·ble [ree-pey-tree-uh-buh l or, esp. British, -pa-] /riˈpeɪ tri ə bəl or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-/, adjectivere·pa·tri·a·tion, nounnon·re·pa·tri·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·pa·tri·a·tion, nounun·re·pa·tri·at·ed, adjective
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  • 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.

  • His experiences were not such as to induce him to repatriate himself permanently.

    Fathers and Children

    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev

  • 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

  • Finally, the English Government offered to repatriate the Turkish women without any reciprocity conditions.


British Dictionary definitions for repatriate

repatriate

verb (riːˈpætrɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  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
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noun (riːˈpætrɪɪt)
  1. a person who has been repatriated
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Derived Formsrepatriation, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin repatriāre from Latin re- + patria fatherland; compare repair ²
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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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