Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To restore or return to the country of birth, citizenship, or origin: repatriate war refugees.
  • n. One who has been repatriated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who has returned to the country of origin or whose citizenship has been restored.
  • v. To restore (a person) to his or her own country.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To restore to one's own country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To restore to one's own country.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who has returned to the country of origin or whose citizenship has been restored
  • v. send someone back to his homeland against his will, as of refugees
  • v. admit back into the country

Etymologies

Late Latin repatriāre, repatriāt-, to return to one's country : Latin re-, re- + Latin patria, native country; see expatriate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin repatriare. Cognate to repair ("to return"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The way we do it now is that when a multinational brings the money they earned overseas back home -- when they "repatriate" it, to use the more technical term -- we tax it at whatever the difference is between our corporate-tax rate and the corporate-tax rate they've already paid.

    An exciting post about taxing multinational corporations!

  • They want to 'repatriate' legal UK residents for god's sake!

    A lovely day out for the BNP

  • On Friday Industry Minister Luc Chatel tried to cast Renault's decision as evidence that the government's recent €6 billion aid plan was encouraging companies to "repatriate" production to France.

    Renault to Add French Production

  • In an interview on Friday morning with French radio, Industry Minister Luc Chatel tried to cast Renault's decision as evidence that the government's recent €6 billion aid plan was encouraging companies to "repatriate" production to France.

    Renaults Boosts Output at French Plant, Shifting Production from Slovenia

  • Under current law, U.S. companies can defer taxes indefinitely on the many of the profits they say they have earned overseas until they "repatriate" that money back to the U.S.

    Firms Face New Tax Curbs

  • Thomson and lighting designer Martin Conboy, and is intended to symbolically "repatriate" the bodies of the war dead who, by law, had to be buried in Europe.

    The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

  • The Tories say they would "repatriate" some aid policy, but do not explain how they would do this in face of unanimous opposition from Brussels and EU partners.

    Booker

  • This will help reduce any incentive to "repatriate" several times;

    19. Voluntary Repatriation

  • The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) demanded that South Africa "repatriate" all mercenaries fighting with government troops.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In a speech last month at the Chatham House think tank, Clegg made a case for the need for Britain to "repatriate" its foreign policy after a half-century of what he called the "default Atlanticism" of a succession of Labor and Conservative governments.

    CNSNews.com Headlines

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