requite

[ri-kwahyt]

verb (used with object), re·quit·ed, re·quit·ing.

to make repayment or return for (service, benefits, etc.).
to make retaliation for (a wrong, injury, etc.); avenge.
to make return to (a person, group, etc.) for service, benefits, etc.
to retaliate on (a person, group, etc.) for a wrong, injury, etc.
to give or do in return.

Origin of requite

1520–30; re- + obsolete quite, variant of quit1
Related formsre·quit·a·ble, adjectivere·quite·ment, nounre·quit·er, nounun·re·quit·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·quit·ing, adjective

Synonyms for requite

Antonyms for requite

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Examples from the Web for requite

Historical Examples of requite

  • Have you grown sleek and fat and smug in my service that you should requite me thus?

  • Well then, do they requite your gifts of gold with gratitude?

  • If they kill us, how can we requite them for our obligations?

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • There's many a coinage costlier than ever the mint fashioned; he may requite me thus.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • He had aroused her passion and no amount of long-distance love could requite it.

    The Perfectionists

    Arnold Castle


British Dictionary definitions for requite

requite

verb

(tr) to make return to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar action
Derived Formsrequitable, adjectiverequitement, nounrequiter, noun

Word Origin for requite

C16: re- + obsolete quite to discharge, repay; see quit
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Word Origin and History for requite
v.

c.1400, "repay" (for good or ill), from re- "back" + Middle English quite "clear, pay up," earlier variant of quit (see quit). Related: Requited; requiting.

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