[ ri-kwahyt ]
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verb (used with object),re·quit·ed, re·quit·ing.
  1. to make repayment or return for (service, benefits, etc.).

  2. to make retaliation for (a wrong, injury, etc.); avenge.

  1. to make return to (a person, group, etc.) for service, benefits, etc.

  2. to retaliate on (a person, group, etc.) for a wrong, injury, etc.

  3. to give or do in return.

Origin of requite

1520–30; re- + obsolete quite, variant of quit1

Other words for requite

Opposites for requite

Other words from requite

  • re·quit·a·ble, adjective
  • re·quite·ment, noun
  • re·quit·er, noun
  • un·re·quit·a·ble, adjective
  • un·re·quit·ing, adjective

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How to use requite in a sentence

  • Therefore neither shall my eye spare, nor will I have pity: I will requite their way upon their head.

  • These cherished plants seemed to comprehend and requite unaffected love.

  • He bid Henry apply to him when in danger, and promised to requite the son for the hospitality of the father.

    The Spy | J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Sir Henry yielded to his wish; and by every indulgence strove to requite the services he had rendered him.

  • Whatever it might be, he would faithfully requite her; even to making his own purpose subservient to it.

    Under the Rose | Frederic Stewart Isham

British Dictionary definitions for requite


/ (rɪˈkwaɪt) /

  1. (tr) to make return to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar action

Origin of requite

C16: re- + obsolete quite to discharge, repay; see quit

Derived forms of requite

  • requitable, adjective
  • requitement, noun
  • requiter, noun

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