to bring or send back (a person, especially a prisoner of war, a refugee, etc.) to their country or land of citizenship.
to send (profits or other assets) back to one's own country.
to restore to a country that has attained sovereignty something that was formerly held or administered on that country’s behalf by a colonial power: In 1982, the Trudeau government repatriated Canada's constitution from Britain.
to return to one's own country: to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
a person who has been repatriated.
- re·pa·tri·a·ble [ree-pey-tree-uh-buhl], /riˈpeɪ tri ə bəl/, adjective
- re·pa·tri·a·tion [ree-pey-tree-ey-shuhn], /riˌpeɪ triˈeɪ ʃən/, noun
- non·re·pa·tri·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·pa·tri·at·ed, adjective
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How to use repatriate in a sentence
If Apple were to repatriate its cash held overseas, then it would have to pay the statutory corporate tax rate of 35 percent.Apple Stimulates Economy Through Dividends and Stock Buybacks | Matthew Zeitlin | April 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lately, companies like GE have been pushing to repatriate their cash at more reasonable tax rates of 10 to 15 percent.
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.Turkish Prisoners in Egypt | Various
The British authorities declared that they could not repatriate men of Urmi.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
British Dictionary definitions for repatriate
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
- repatriation, noun
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