- to make repayment or return for (service, benefits, etc.).
- to make retaliation for (a wrong, injury, etc.); avenge.
- to make return to (a person, group, etc.) for service, benefits, etc.
- to retaliate on (a person, group, etc.) for a wrong, injury, etc.
- to give or do in return.
Origin of requite
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1. repay, reward, recompense, compensate, pay, remunerate, reimburse. 2. revenge.
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Examples from the Web for requite
Have you grown sleek and fat and smug in my service that you should requite me thus?Bardelys the Magnificent
Well then, do they requite your gifts of gold with gratitude?The Symposium
If they kill us, how can we requite them for our obligations?The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
There's many a coinage costlier than ever the mint fashioned; he may requite me thus.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
He had aroused her passion and no amount of long-distance love could requite it.The Perfectionists
- (tr) to make return to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar action
C16: re- + obsolete quite to discharge, repay; see quit
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Word Origin and History for requite
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