Definition of repatriate in English:



[with object]
  • 1Send (someone) back to their own country.

    ‘the last German POWs were repatriated in November 1948’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He did not see active service during the war, but drove ambulances for the American Field Service and at war's end worked in Calcutta to repatriate prisoners of war.’
    • ‘The small country on the west coast of Africa was concocted, in 1822, by a group of American Quakers and slaveholders looking to repatriate former slaves, to give them a better shot at freedom.’
    • ‘The end of the war, a veteran's education scheme and the shortage of shipping space for repatriating Canadian soldiers gave him the opportunity to go up to Cambridge.’
    • ‘He fears that he will not be able to do the same if he is repatriated now.’
    • ‘Foreign ships relayed the news and some called in at Japanese ports to deliver relief supplies and repatriate foreigners who wished to leave.’
    • ‘Hong Kong's Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee proposed to Beijing on Wednesday repatriating mainland-born prisoners, but the proposal would not be reciprocal for Hong Kong people serving terms in mainland China.’
    • ‘Minister McDowell is also busy repatriating illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘The representatives in Zaire from the World Bank have sent a memo to Washington in which they report that it was abandoning its factory and repatriating its staff.’
    • ‘But slowly, both for financial and logistical reasons, it appeared that repatriating the whole family to Belgium for two months was not the perfect solution either.’
    • ‘According to the peace accord, Zimbabwe must repatriate its troops.’
    • ‘It wants to repatriate all non-European foreigners.’
    • ‘During the 1990s, major efforts in Eritrea centered around rebuilding the country and repatriating refugees.’
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    1. 1.1no object Return to one's own country.
      ‘the majority came to America as migrant workers who intended to repatriate to Hungary’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2with object Send or bring (money) back to one's own country.
      ‘foreign firms would be permitted to repatriate all profits’
      • ‘The company also arranges finance and works with Zhong Lun law firm, the biggest such firm in China, which ensures that both title, capital and profits can be repatriated from China.’
      • ‘Profits are also allowed to repatriated freely without dividend balancing.’
      • ‘Japanese investors are repatriating their money as a result of a decline in the yen.’
      • ‘Just as European institutions are repatriating investments from the U.S., so U.S. institutions are repatriating money from the euro zone, where stocks have been hammered, too.’
      • ‘These amnesties are allowing German, Italian and Portuguese taxpayers to repatriate their money back to their home countries, with a modest levy, and an amnesty for past non-compliance with domestic tax laws.’
      • ‘A falling dollar makes US assets less attractive to foreigners because repatriated profits are worth less when changed to the home currency.’
      • ‘Companies would pay tax on those revenues in the year they are earned, rather than when they repatriate the money back to the U.S. In return, they would get a tax-rate reduction.’
      • ‘Along with the US, it could become a monopoly consumer of services and even repatriate revenue that doctors in developing countries earned from treating local patients.’
      • ‘He subsequently repatriated his money and made voluntary contact with the Revenue Commissioners.’
      • ‘Secondly, foreigners might refuse to roll over loans to a country and repatriate the repaid funds.’
      • ‘The levy was revised in February 1999 and only imposed on profits made from portfolio investments that were repatriated within one year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the U.S. pushes too hard, Japan can threaten to repatriate the assets, leaving the U.S. economy in dire straits.’
      • ‘It has also cut deeply into the profits of U.S. multinational companies, as those earnings are repatriated back in the U.S.’
      • ‘Direct foreign investment flows into India were further liberalised in 1996 and firms have been permitted to repatriate any profits earned back overseas.’
      • ‘This will make repatriating the finances much easier if you decide to sell or refinance at a later date.’
      • ‘If investors have decided they want to repatriate sterling assets, now is a good a time to sell given current strength of sterling.’
      • ‘All loans could be converted into investment funds and be repatriated through the ‘Financial’ Rand, but suffering the loss of the difference between the two currencies.’
      • ‘Restrictions could make it difficult to repatriate profits, dividends, or capital.’
      • ‘Large sums could be repatriated and reinvested in this country if an amnesty were announced.’


  • A person who has been repatriated.

    • ‘Moore collaborates with cardiologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists and other health-care providers to care for repatriates.’
    • ‘After the war some 5000 Germans left Australia: 696 deported, the remainder voluntary repatriates.’
    • ‘This week another group of repatriates left town near the border with Congo Brazzaville.’
    • ‘Major deportations of Sinti and Roma were halted so as to give priority to the deportation of Jews, whose homes were needed for ethnic German repatriates.’
    • ‘The council downplayed the security considerations, maintaining that any information that German repatriates might provide would ‘be more of a discouragement than of assistance to their compatriots.’’
    • ‘He did not mourn his personal sin, of course, but that of his fellow repatriates - who had been freed from captivity only to inter-marry with idolatrous Canaanites.’
    • ‘It offers an advice service to older Irish people who are living abroad and repatriates those who are anxious to return home.’
    • ‘To that end, USAID has provided capital and training in message delivery to 32 radio stations throughout Afghanistan, including a commercial radio station network run by Afghan repatriates.’
    • ‘In the late 1990s, individual dwellings became popular among postwar repatriates from Japan, who, through financial support from their families remaining in Japan, are able to purchase houses.’
    • ‘It asks that the repatriates be turned over to the commission after the armistice.’
    • ‘Both Australian students of the subject and returnees confirm that repatriates do find life difficult in Australia when they return.’
    • ‘As a project director with the United Nations Development Fund for Women she assessed the needs of Lao and Hmong refugee women repatriates in Laos and in the refugee camps in Thailand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But she received no promotions because of discrimination against repatriates, she said.’
    • ‘Tourism is the third largest source of foreign exchange in the country, after repatriates and garments.’
    • ‘One area of concern for repatriates is their return to work.’
    • ‘These repatriates could only return to the United States as one of the annual quota of 50 immigrants.’
    • ‘The U.S. government routinely repatriates suspects held in places where Western legal norms are not entirely shared.’
    • ‘Illegal migrants who are caught by the Immigration and Naturalization Service are usually deported back to Guatemala, where they may face dangerous situations as repatriates.’
    • ‘The dissatisfaction of the repatriates with the North Korean authorities was reaching the limit of their patience.’


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’.