verb (used with object)


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

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

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



verb (used without object)

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 repair

1300–50; Middle English repairen < Old French repairier to return < Late Latin repatriāre to return to one's fatherland; see repatriate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for repair



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)


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




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


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

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