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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.
  3. to make return to (a person, group, etc.) for service, benefits, etc.
  4. to retaliate on (a person, group, etc.) for a wrong, injury, etc.
  5. to give or do in return.
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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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Related Words for requiting

satisfy, quit, return, redress, pay, make, reciprocate, redeem, remunerate, revenge, repay, settle, respond, recompense, reimburse, retaliate, indemnify, reward, restitution

Examples from the Web for requiting

Historical Examples of requiting

  • My own acceptance is not that they are imposing upon us: that they are requiting us.

    The Book of the Damned

    Charles Fort

  • I was betrothed to Pierre Philibert, and how am I requiting his love?

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • This was a singular way of requiting them for their services.

  • For generosity is of two kinds: doing a kindness and requiting one.

    De Officiis

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • He will make a good and faithful servant, requiting kindness with zeal.

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman

British Dictionary definitions for requiting


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



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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