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repatriate Line breaks: re|pat¦ri|ate
Pronunciation: /riːˈpatrɪeɪt/

Definition of repatriate in English:


[with object]
1Send (someone) back to their own country: the last German POWs were repatriated in November 1948
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  • It does indeed seem counterintuitive to continue the heartbreaking and futile process of militarizing the area, bullying and repatriating people like the two men we see taking a furtive, impromptu bath at a hotel fountain in Matamoros.
  • Erskine, the Quaker, offered to serve as a stretcher-bearer, but the British Embassy refused to repatriate people not prepared to join the armed forces.
  • Foreign ships relayed the news and some called in at Japanese ports to deliver relief supplies and repatriate foreigners who wished to leave.
1.1 [no object] Return to one’s own country: the majority came to America as migrant workers who intended to repatriate to Hungary
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  • The next wave of immigrants came during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with the intention of repatriating after four or five years with enough capital to make themselves into prosperous farmers.
  • Although most Ethiopians maintain positive sentiments toward their former country, very few opt to repatriate.
  • The outcomes are such that people repatriate with their family when they've formerly been at odds with them.
1.2 [with object] Send or bring (money) back to one’s own country: foreign firms would be permitted to repatriate all profits
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  • Direct foreign investment flows into India were further liberalised in 1996 and firms have been permitted to repatriate any profits earned back overseas.
  • This type of risk is arising from a decision of a foreign government to restrict capital movements, which would make it difficult to repatriate profits, dividends or capital.
  • Restrictions could make it difficult to repatriate profits, dividends, or capital.


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A person who has been repatriated.
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  • Tourism is the third largest source of foreign exchange in the country, after repatriates and garments.
  • Enemy prisoners, former Russian POWs, civilian repatriates, and the civilian criminal and political prisoners collectively made up the convict labour force of several million souls.
  • After the war some 5000 Germans left Australia: 696 deported, the remainder voluntary repatriates.



Pronunciation: /riːpatrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ /riːpeɪtrɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Forced repatriation is one of the extreme counter-measures proposed by the British National Party.
  • Clearly, repatriation is a significant concern on the expatriate agenda and there is increasing demand for solutions to problems.
  • In the UK, Nikolai Tolstoy campaigned to publicize the forced repatriations of Soviet citizens, Yugoslavs, and others by the British occupation authorities in Germany and Austria at the end of the war.


Early 17th century (earlier ( late 16th century) as repatriation): from late Latin repatriat- 'returned to one's country', from the verb repatriare, from re- 'back' + Latin patria 'native land'.

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