repair

1
[ri-pair]

verb (used with object)

noun


Nearby words

  1. repack,
  2. repackage,
  3. repaglinide,
  4. repaid,
  5. repaint,
  6. repairable,
  7. repairer,
  8. repairman,
  9. repairperson,
  10. repairwoman

Origin of repair

1
1300–50; Middle English repairen < Middle French reparer < Latin reparāre, equivalent to re- re- + parāre to prepare; see pare

SYNONYMS FOR repair
1. remodel, renovate. 2. patch, fix, amend. See renew. 3. retrieve, recoup. 4. redress.

Related formsre·pair·a·ble, adjectivere·pair·a·bil·i·ty, re·pair·a·ble·ness, nounnon·re·pair·a·ble, adjective

Can be confusedreparable repairable

repair

2
[ri-pair]

verb (used without object)

to betake oneself; go, as to a place: He repaired in haste to Washington.
to go frequently or customarily.

noun

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 repair

2
1300–50; Middle English repairen < Old French repairier to return < Late Latin repatriāre to return to one's fatherland; see repatriate

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British Dictionary definitions for repair

repair

1

verb (tr)

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)

noun

the act, task, or process of repairing
a part that has been repaired
state or conditionin good repair
Derived Formsrepairable, adjectiverepairer, noun

Word Origin for repair

C14: from Old French reparer, from Latin reparāre, from re- + parāre to make ready

verb (intr)

(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

noun archaic

the act of going or returning
a haunt or resort

Word Origin for repair

C14: from Old French repairier, from Late Latin repatriāre to return to one's native land, from Latin re- + patria fatherland; compare repatriate

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Word Origin and History for repair
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Medicine definitions for repair

repair

[rĭ-pâr]

v.

To restore to a healthy or functioning condition after damage or injury.

n.

Restoration of diseased or damaged tissues naturally or by surgical means.

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