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Definition of repatriate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    repatriate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈpætrieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈpeɪtrieɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repatriate
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈpætrieɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈpeɪtrieɪt//
     
    he / she / it repatriates
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈpætrieɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈpeɪtrieɪts//
     
    past simple repatriated
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈpætrieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈpeɪtrieɪtɪd//
     
    past participle repatriated
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈpætrieɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈpeɪtrieɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form repatriating
    BrE BrE//ˌriːˈpætrieɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈpeɪtrieɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1repatriate somebody (formal) to send or bring somebody back to their own country The refugees were forcibly repatriated. The insurance will cover the costs of repatriating you and your family in the case of an accident. Tourists who are injured or fall sick are repatriated.
  2. 2repatriate something (business) to send money or profits back to your own country An agreement between the countries enables companies to repatriate their profits freely.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (earlier (late 16th cent.) 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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