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Meaning of repair by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɹɪˈpɛə/, X-SAMPA: /r\I"pE@/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɹɪˈpɛɹ/, /ɹəˈpɛɹ/, X-SAMPA: /r\I"pEr\/, /r\@"pEr\/
    • Rhymes: -ɛə( r )

    Etymology 1

    Coined between 1300 and 1350 from Middle English repairen, from Middle French reparer, from Latin reparō ( “renew, repair” ) .


    repair ( plural: repairs )

    1. The act of repairing something .
      I took the car to the workshop for repair .
    2. The result of repairing something .
      If you look closely you can see the repair in the paintwork
    3. The condition of something, in respect of need for repair .
      The car was overall in poor repair before the accident. But after the workshop had it for three weeks it was returned in excellent repair. But the other vehicle was beyond repair .
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    repair ( third-person singular simple present repairs present participle repairing, simple past and past participle repaired )

    1. To restore to good working order, fix, or improve damaged condition; to mend; to remedy .
    • See also Wikisaurus:repair
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    Etymology 2

    Middle English repairen ( “to return” ), from Old French repairier, from Late Latin repatrire ( “to return to one's country” ), from re- + patria ( “homeland” ). Cognate to repatriate .


    repair ( plural: repairs )

    1. An act of going on vacation .
      our annual repair to the mountains
    2. A place to which one goes frequently or habitually; a haunt .


    repair ( third-person singular simple present repairs present participle repairing, simple past and past participle repaired )

    1. To transfer oneself to another place .
      I heard the visitors repair to their chambers. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte 1850 .
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    Etymology 3

    From re- +‎ pair .

    External links

    • repair in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • repair in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • “repair” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006 .
    • “repair” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000 .


Explanation of repair by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give new life or energy to

    2. This treatment repaired my health
    3. set straight or right

    4. repair an oversight
    5. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

    6. She repaired her TV set
      Repair my shoes please
    7. move, travel, or proceed toward some place

    8. He repaired to his cabin in the woods
    9. make amends for

    10. One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich
    1. the act of putting something in working order again

    2. a frequently visited place

    3. a formal way of referring to the condition of something

    4. the building was in good repair

    Definition of repair by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Repair ( r?-p?r ), v. i. [OE. repairen, OF. repairier to return, fr. L. repatriare to return to one's contry, to go home again; pref. re- re- + patria native country, fr. pater father. See Father, and cf. Repatriate.]
      1. To return. [Obs.]

      I thought . . . that he repaire should again. Chaucer.

      2. To go; to betake one's self; to resort; ass, to repair to sanctuary for safety. Chaucer.

      Go, mount the winds, and to the shades repair. Pope.

    2. Repair, n. [OF. repaire retreat, asylum, abode. See Repair to go.]
      1. The act of repairing or resorting to a place. [R.] Chaucer.

      The king sent a proclamation for their repair to their houses. Clarendon.

      2. Place to which one repairs; a haunt; a resort. [R.]

      There the fierce winds his tender force assail

      And beat him downward to his first repair. Dryden.

    3. Repair, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Repaired ( -p?rd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Repairing.] [F. réparer, L. reparare; pref. re- re- + parare to prepare. See Pare, and cf. Reparation.]
      1. To restore to a sound or good state after decay, injury, dilapidation, or partial destruction; to renew; to restore; to mend; as, “to repair a house, a road, a shoe, or a ship; to repair a shattered fortune”.

      Secret refreshings that repair his strength. Milton.

      Do thou, as thou art wont, repair

      My heart with gladness. Wordsworth.

      2. To make amends for, as for an injury, by an equivalent; to indemnify for; as, “to repair a loss or damage”.

      I 'll repair the misery thou dost bear. Shak.

      Syn. -- To restore, recover; renew; amend; mend; retrieve; recruit.

    4. Repair, n.
      1. Restoration to a sound or good state after decay, waste, injury, or partial restruction; supply of loss; reparation; as, “materials are collected for the repair of a church or of a city”.

      Sunk down and sought repair

      Of sleep, which instantly fell on me. Milton.

      2. Condition with respect to soundness, perfectness, etc.; as, “a house in good, or bad, repair; the book is out of repair.”