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"give in return," 1570s, from Latin retributus, past participle of retribuere "give back, restore, repay" (see retribution). Related: Retributed; retributing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for retribute

Historical Examples

  • Ena seemed to look on it at first as a retribution, but Archie insists that there never was anything to retribute.

    The Side Of The Angels

    Basil King

  • Can we retribute the sufferings which have been caused by the depreciation of our currency?