- to restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage; mend: to repair a motor.
- to restore or renew by any process of making good, strengthening, etc.: to repair one's health by resting.
- to remedy; make good; make up for: to repair damage; to repair a deficiency.
- to make amends for; compensate: to repair a wrong done.
- an act, process, or work of repairing: to order the repair of a building.
- Usually repairs.
- an instance or operation of repairing: to lay up a boat for repairs.
- a repaired part or an addition made in repairing: 17th-century repairs in brick are conspicuous in parts of the medieval stonework.
- repairs, (in bookkeeping, accounting, etc.) the part of maintenance expense that has been paid out to keep fixed assets in usable condition, as distinguished from amounts used for renewal or replacement.
- the good condition resulting from continued maintenance and repairing: to keep in repair.
- condition with respect to soundness and usability: a house in good repair.
Origin of repair1
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- to betake oneself; go, as to a place: He repaired in haste to Washington.
- to go frequently or customarily.
- a resort or haunt.
- the act of going or going customarily; resort: to have repair to the country.
- Scot. Obsolete. a meeting, association, or crowd of people.
Origin of repair2
Examples from the Web for repair
This meant helping to change those insanely large tires and working to repair the vehicles.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Today the church is wrapped in scaffolding and metal ribbons are holding its façade in place until someone pays to repair it.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
Without the proper equipment to repair and operate the Mohajer-4 it may be more of a photo prop than a piece of weaponry.ISIS: We Nabbed an Iranian Drone
November 17, 2014
The battle between technology and nature has been ongoing for centuries, but sometimes technology tries to repair the damage.What is a Salmon Cannon?
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
November 10, 2014
As he set about to not only to repair them but to increase the value of his investments, he ran into serious problems.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
It'll cost him more than he'll ever get from my miserly uncle to repair it.Brave and Bold
I repair, then, fellow-citizens, to the post you have assigned me.
This day we had completed the repair of the wheels of half the drays.
Cost me thirteen dollars to repair one; vulcanize the tire, y'see.The Bacillus of Beauty
Could it be that they were about to repair the stained-glass panes?The Dream
- to restore (something damaged or broken) to good condition or working order
- to heal (a breach or division) in (something)to repair a broken marriage
- to make good or make amends for (a mistake, injury, etc)
- the act, task, or process of repairing
- a part that has been repaired
- state or conditionin good repair
- (usually foll by to) to go (to a place)to repair to the country
- (usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, etcto repair to one's lawyer
- (usually foll by from) archaic to come back; return
- the act of going or returning
- a haunt or resort
Word Origin and History for repair
"go" (to a place), c.1300, from Old French repairer "to frequent, return (to one's country)," earlier repadrer, from Late Latin repatriare "return to one's own country" (see repatriate). Related: Repaired; repairing.
1590s, "act of restoring, restoration after decay," from repair (v.1). Meaning "state or condition in respect to reparation" is from c.1600.
- To restore to a healthy or functioning condition after damage or injury.
- Restoration of diseased or damaged tissues naturally or by surgical means.