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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 repatriation
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  • They were also making arrangements for the repatriation of the Coolies.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • The Government declined to make any arrangement for their repatriation.

    Chitta Ranjan Sukumar Ranjan Das
  • They inform me that orders have been received approving your application for repatriation.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • His repatriation to the Caucasus was now only a matter of days.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • Here there will not be, as was the case with the Armenians, any work of repatriation to be done.

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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