Definitions for repatriation

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•pa•tri•ateriˈpeɪ triˌeɪt; -ɪt; esp. Brit. -ˈpæ-(v.; n.)-at•ed, -at•ing

  1. (v.t.)to send back (a prisoner of war, a refugee, etc.) to his or her country.

  2. to send back (profits or other assets) to one's own country.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (v.i.)to return to one's own country, esp. after living abroad.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (n.)a person who has been repatriated.

Origin of repatriate:

1605–15; < LL repatriātus, ptp. of repatriāre to return home again = L re-re - + LL -patriāre, v. der. of L patria native land (n. use of fem. of patrius paternal, der. of paterfather ); see -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. repatriation(noun)

    the act of returning to the country of origin


  1. repatriation(Noun)

    The process of returning of a person to their country of origin or citizenship.

  2. repatriation(Noun)

    Process of converting a foreign currency into the currency of one's own country

  3. Origin: From repatrio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repatriation(noun)

    restoration to one's country


  1. Repatriation

    Repatriation is the process of returning a person back to one's place of origin or citizenship. This includes the process of returning refugees or soldiers to their place of origin following a war. The term may also refer to the process of converting a foreign currency into the currency of one's own country. The forced return of a person to a country where he faces persecution is more specifically known as refoulement.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. repatriation

    1. The procedure whereby American citizens and their families are officially processed back into the United States subsequent to an evacuation. See also evacuation. 2. The release and return of enemy prisoners of war to their own country in accordance with the 1949 Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War.

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