[ verb ree-pey-tree-eyt; noun ree-pey-tree-it ]
/ verb riˈpeɪ triˌeɪt; noun riˈpeɪ tri ɪt /
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verb (used with object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·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·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.

to return to one's own country: to repatriate after 20 years abroad.


a person who has been repatriated.



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Origin of repatriate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Late Latin repatriātus (past participle of repatriāre “to return to one's fatherland”), equivalent to Latin re- “again, back” + patri(a) “native country” (noun use of feminine of patrius “paternal,” derivative of pater “father”) + -ātus past participle suffix; see re-, father, -ate1


re·pa·tri·a·ble [ree-pey-tree-uh-buhl], /riˈpeɪ tri ə bəl/, adjectivere·pa·tri·a·tion, nounnon·re·pa·tri·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·pa·tri·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for repatriate


verb (riːˈpætrɪˌeɪt) (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 (riːˈpætrɪɪt)

a person who has been repatriated

Derived forms of repatriate

repatriation, noun

Word Origin for repatriate

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