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[ri-kwahyt] /rɪˈkwaɪt/
verb (used with object), requited, requiting.
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
1520-30; re- + obsolete quite, variant of quit1
Related forms
requitable, adjective
requitement, noun
requiter, noun
unrequitable, adjective
unrequiting, adjective
1. repay, reward, recompense, compensate, pay, remunerate, reimburse. 2. revenge.
2. forgive. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for requite
Historical Examples
  • Have you grown sleek and fat and smug in my service that you should requite me thus?

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Well then, do they requite your gifts of gold with gratitude?

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • 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 Arnold Castle
  • It shall go hard but I will requite her kindness one time or other.

    Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote

    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • In return, I did what I could to requite her, and my good will was not overlooked.

  • Too great eagerness to requite an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • Isabel had loved her then; and now, how was she about to requite her?

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • I was praying for the happiness of your future years—praying that I might requite your love.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for requite


(transitive) to make return to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar action
Derived Forms
requitable, adjective
requitement, noun
requiter, noun
Word Origin
C16: re- + obsolete quite to discharge, repay; see quit
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Word Origin and History for requite

c.1400, "repay" (for good or ill), from re- "back" + Middle English quite "clear, pay up," earlier variant of quit (see quit). Related: Requited; requiting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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