repatriate

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Etymology[edit]

Latin repatriare, from re- + patria (homeland). Cognate to repair (to return).

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  • IPA(key): /ɹiːˈpeɪ.tɹi.eɪt/

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repatriate (plural repatriates)

  1. a person who has returned to the country of origin or whose citizenship has been restored.

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repatriate (third-person singular simple present repatriates, present participle repatriating, simple past and past participle repatriated)

  1. (transitive) To restore (a person) to his or her own country.
    • 1997, Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin, transl., The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; republished New York: Vintage Books, 1998, →ISBN, page 561:
      Early in 1948, a rumor spread through camp that the Japanese prisoners of war were finally going to be allowed to go home, that a ship would be sent to repatriate us in the spring.
  2. (transitive) To return (artworks, museum exhibits, etc.) to their country of origin.
  3. (transitive) To convert a foreign currency into the currency of one's own country.

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