[verb ree-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-; noun ree-pey-tree-it or, esp. British, -pa-]
- 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.
- to return to one's own country: to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
- a person who has been repatriated.
Origin of repatriate
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- 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
- a person who has been repatriated
Word Origin for repatriate
C17: from Late Latin repatriāre from Latin re- + patria fatherland; compare repair ²
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1610s, from Late Latin repatriatus, past participle of repatriare "return to one's country" (see repatriation). Related: Repatriated; repatriating.
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