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repatriate

[ verb ree-pey-tree-eyt; noun ree-pey-tree-it ]
/ verb ri藞pe瑟 tri藢e瑟t; noun ri藞pe瑟 tri 瑟t /
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verb (used with object), re路pa路tri路at路ed, re路pa路tri路at路ing.
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), re路pa路tri路at路ed, re路pa路tri路at路ing.
to return to one's own country: to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
noun
a person who has been repatriated.
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Origin of repatriate

First recorded in 1605鈥15; from Late Latin repatri膩tus (past participle of repatri膩re 鈥渢o return to one's fatherland鈥), equivalent to Latin re- 鈥渁gain, back鈥 + patri(a) 鈥渘ative country鈥 (noun use of feminine of patrius 鈥減aternal,鈥 derivative of pater 鈥渇ather鈥) + -膩tus past participle suffix; see re-, father, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM repatriate

re路pa路tri路a路ble [ree-pey-tree-uh-buhl], /ri藞pe瑟 tri 蓹 b蓹l/, adjectivere路pa路tri路a路tion, nounnon路re路pa路tri路a路ble, adjectiveun路re路pa路tri路at路ed, adjective
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How to use repatriate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for repatriate

repatriate

verb (ri藧藞p忙tr瑟藢e瑟t) (tr)
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 (ri藧藞p忙tr瑟瑟t)
a person who has been repatriated

Derived forms of repatriate

repatriation, noun

Word Origin for repatriate

C17: from Late Latin repatri膩re from Latin re- + patria fatherland; compare repair
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