Meaning of repatriate in English:


Pronunciation /riːˈpatrɪeɪt/ /riːˈpeɪeɪt/

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[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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was abandoning its factory and repatriating its staff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It wants to repatriate all non-European foreigners.’
    • ‘According to the peace accord, Zimbabwe must repatriate its troops.’
    • ‘The Secretary for Security proposed repatriating mainland-born prisoners.’
    • ‘During the 1990s, major efforts in Eritrea centered around rebuilding the country and repatriating refugees.’
    expulsion, expelling, banishment, banishing, exile, exiling, transportation, transporting, extradition, extraditing, expatriation, expatriating, repatriation, repatriating, refoulement
    1. 1.1no object Return to one's own country.
      ‘the majority came to America as migrant workers who intended to repatriate to Hungary’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although most Ethiopians maintain positive sentiments toward their former country, very few opt to repatriate.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2with object Send or bring (money) back to one's own country.
      ‘foreign firms would be permitted to repatriate all profits’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He subsequently repatriated his money and made voluntary contact with the Revenue Commissioners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Japanese investors are repatriating their money as a result of a decline in the yen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Secondly, foreigners might refuse to roll over loans to a country and repatriate the repaid funds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Large sums could be repatriated and reinvested in this country if an amnesty were announced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This will make repatriating the finances much easier if you decide to sell or refinance at a later date.’
      • ‘Profits are also allowed to repatriated freely without dividend balancing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the U.S. pushes too hard, Japan can threaten to repatriate the assets, leaving the U.S. economy in dire straits.’
      • ‘If investors have decided they want to repatriate sterling assets, now is a good a time to sell given current strength of sterling.’
      • ‘The levy was revised in February 1999 and only imposed on profits made from portfolio investments that were repatriated within one year.’
      • ‘It has also cut deeply into the profits of U.S. multinational companies, as those earnings are repatriated back in the U.S.’


  • A person who has been repatriated.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dissatisfaction of the repatriates with the North Korean authorities was reaching the limit of their patience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moore collaborates with cardiologists, neurologists, ophthalmologists and other health-care providers to care for repatriates.’
    • ‘These repatriates could only return to the United States as one of the annual quota of 50 immigrants.’
    • ‘But she received no promotions because of discrimination against repatriates, she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The U.S. government routinely repatriates suspects held in places where Western legal norms are not entirely shared.’
    • ‘This week another group of repatriates left town near the border with Congo Brazzaville.’
    • ‘One area of concern for repatriates is their return to work.’
    • ‘It asks that the repatriates be turned over to the commission after the armistice.’
    • ‘It offers an advice service to older Irish people who are living abroad and repatriates those who are anxious to return home.’


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’.