Definition of repatriate in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːˈpatrɪeɪt/
Pronunciation: /riːˈpeɪeɪt/


[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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  • While many foreign students do repatriate, some of the best and brightest stay here to teach or find other employment.
  • The trauma of June 4, 1989, inspired them to repatriate and found businesses with a mission.
  • 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.


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.


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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