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[verb ree-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-; noun ree-pey-tree-it or, esp. British, -pa-]
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verb (used with object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.
  1. to bring or send back (a person, especially a prisoner of war, a refugee, etc.) to his or her country or land of citizenship.
  2. (of profits or other assets) to send back to one's own country.
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verb (used without object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.
  1. to return to one's own country: to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
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  1. a person who has been repatriated.
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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 formsre·pa·tri·a·ble [ree-pey-tree-uh-buh l or, esp. British, -pa-] /riˈpeɪ tri ə bəl or, esp. British, -ˈpæ-/, adjectivere·pa·tri·a·tion, nounnon·re·pa·tri·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·pa·tri·a·tion, nounun·re·pa·tri·at·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • 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 (riːˈpætrɪˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to send back (a refugee, prisoner of war, etc) to the country of his birth or citizenship
  2. to send back (a sum of money previously invested abroad) to its country of origin
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noun (riːˈpætrɪɪt)
  1. a person who has been repatriated
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Derived Formsrepatriation, noun

Word Origin

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

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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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