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/ rɪˈpɛər /
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verb (used with object)




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Origin of repair

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English repairen, from Middle French reparer, from Latin reparāre, equivalent to re-re- + parāre “to prepare” prepare; see pare
2. See renew.
re·pair·a·ble, adjectivere·pair·a·bil·i·ty, re·pair·a·ble·ness, nounnon·re·pair·a·ble, adjective
reparable, repairable

Definition for repair (2 of 2)

[ ri-pair ]
/ rɪˈpɛər /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for repair (1 of 2)

/ (rɪˈpɛə) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for repair (2 of 2)

/ (rɪˈpɛə) /

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
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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Medical definitions for repair

[ rĭ-pâr ]


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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