verb (used with object)
  1. to restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage; mend: to repair a motor.
  2. to restore or renew by any process of making good, strengthening, etc.: to repair one's health by resting.
  3. to remedy; make good; make up for: to repair damage; to repair a deficiency.
  4. to make amends for; compensate: to repair a wrong done.
  1. an act, process, or work of repairing: to order the repair of a building.
  2. Usually repairs.
    1. an instance or operation of repairing: to lay up a boat for repairs.
    2. a repaired part or an addition made in repairing: 17th-century repairs in brick are conspicuous in parts of the medieval stonework.
  3. repairs, (in bookkeeping, accounting, etc.) the part of maintenance expense that has been paid out to keep fixed assets in usable condition, as distinguished from amounts used for renewal or replacement.
  4. the good condition resulting from continued maintenance and repairing: to keep in repair.
  5. condition with respect to soundness and usability: a house in good repair.

Origin of repair

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

Synonyms for repair

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

Antonyms for repair

1–3. break, destroy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for repairable


verb (tr)
  1. to restore (something damaged or broken) to good condition or working order
  2. to heal (a breach or division) in (something)to repair a broken marriage
  3. to make good or make amends for (a mistake, injury, etc)
  1. the act, task, or process of repairing
  2. a part that has been repaired
  3. 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)
  1. (usually foll by to) to go (to a place)to repair to the country
  2. (usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, etcto repair to one's lawyer
  3. (usually foll by from) archaic to come back; return
noun archaic
  1. the act of going or returning
  2. 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 repairable

"able to be fixed," late 15c., from repair (v.1) + -able.



"to mend, to put back in order," mid-14c., from Old French reparer "repair, mend" (12c.), from Latin reparare "restore, put back in order," from re- "again" (see re-) + parare "make ready, prepare" (see pare). Related: Repaired; repairing.



"go" (to a place), c.1300, from Old French repairer "to frequent, return (to one's country)," earlier repadrer, from Late Latin repatriare "return to one's own country" (see repatriate). Related: Repaired; repairing.



1590s, "act of restoring, restoration after decay," from repair (v.1). Meaning "state or condition in respect to reparation" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

repairable in Medicine


  1. To restore to a healthy or functioning condition after damage or injury.
  1. Restoration of diseased or damaged tissues naturally or by surgical means.
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