verb (used with object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.
- to bring or send back (a person, especially a prisoner of war, a refugee, etc.) to his or her country or land of citizenship.
- (of profits or other assets) to send back to one’s own country.
verb (used without object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.
- to return to one’s own country: to repatriate after 20 years abroad.
- a person who has been repatriated.
verb (riːˈpætrɪˌeɪt) (tr)
- to send back (a refugee, prisoner of war, etc) to the country of his birth or citizenship
- to send back (a sum of money previously invested abroad) to its country of origin
- a person who has been repatriated
1590s, from Late Latin reparationem (nominative repatriatio), noun of action from past participle stem of repatriare “return to one’s own country,” from Latin re- “back” (see re-) + patria “native land” (see patriot).
1610s, from Late Latin repatriatus, past participle of repatriare “return to one’s country” (see repatriation). Related: Repatriated; repatriating.