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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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Historical Examples
  • What pain there is in gratitude, I have often felt; but the pleasure of requiting an obligation has always been out of my reach.

  • I was betrothed to Pierre Philibert, and how am I requiting his love?

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • For generosity is of two kinds: doing a kindness and requiting one.

    De Officiis Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • This was a singular way of requiting them for their services.

  • Who braids the noteless leaves to crowns, requiting Desert with fame, in Action's every field?

    Faust Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • The poor little author was already an adept in the traditional modes of requiting a patron.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • "I must say that you have the strangest mode of requiting hospitality," said Kate, haughtily.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • I looked him in the eyes, and said I was; thanking him for all his goodness to one who had so little expectation of requiting him.

    Lazarre Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Some of those who thus befriended him were only requiting former favours.

  • There were some amongst them that cherished vermin, which were not ungrateful in requiting their caresses.

British Dictionary definitions for requiting


(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 requiting



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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