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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun repair has 3 senses

Verb repair has 5 senses


repairv. i. [OE. repairen, OF. repairier to return, fr. L. repatriare to return to one's contry, to go home again; pref. re- re- + patria native country, fr. pater father. See Father, and cf. Repatriate.].
  •  To return.  [1913 Webster]
    "I thought . . . that he repaire should again."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To go; to betake one's self; to resort; ass, to repair to sanctuary for safety.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "Go, mount the winds, and to the shades repair."  [1913 Webster]
repairn. [OF. repaire retreat, asylum, abode. See Repair to go.].
  •  The act of repairing or resorting to a place.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "The king sent a proclamation for their repair to their houses."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Place to which one repairs; a haunt; a resort.  [1913 Webster]
    "There the fierce winds his tender force assail
    And beat him downward to his first repair.
    "  [1913 Webster]
repairv. t. [F. réparer, L. reparare; pref. re- re- + parare to prepare. See Pare, and cf. Reparation.].
  •  To restore to a sound or good state after decay, injury, dilapidation, or partial destruction; to renew; to restore; to mend; as, to repair a house, a road, a shoe, or a ship; to repair a shattered fortune.  [1913 Webster]
    "Secret refreshings that repair his strength."  [1913 Webster]
    "Do thou, as thou art wont, repair
    My heart with gladness.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To make amends for, as for an injury, by an equivalent; to indemnify for; as, to repair a loss or damage.  [1913 Webster]
    "I 'll repair the misery thou dost bear."  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To restore, recover; renew; amend; mend; retrieve; recruit.
  •  Restoration to a sound or good state after decay, waste, injury, or partial restruction; supply of loss; reparation; as, materials are collected for the repair of a church or of a city.  [1913 Webster]
    "Sunk down and sought repair
    Of sleep, which instantly fell on me.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Condition with respect to soundness, perfectness, etc.; as, a house in good, or bad, repair; the book is out of repair.  [1913 Webster]


repair, v. & n.
1 restore to good condition after damage or wear.
2 renovate or mend by replacing or fixing parts or by compensating for loss or exhaustion.
3 set right or make amends for (loss, wrong, error, etc.).
1 the act or an instance of restoring to sound condition (in need of repair; closed during repair).
2 the result of this (the repair is hardly visible).
3 good or relative condition for working or using (must be kept in repair; in good repair).

repairable adj. repairer n.
repair, v. & n.
--v.intr. (foll. by to) resort; have recourse; go often or in great numbers or for a specific purpose (repaired to Spain).
--n. archaic 1 resort (have repair to).
2 a place of frequent resort.
3 popularity (a place of great repair).

ME f. OF repaire(r) f. LL repatriare REPATRIATE



adjust, adjustment, amends, apply, atone, atone for, bad condition, brighten up, brush up, case, cobble, commission, compensate, compensation, condition, correction, darn, do up, doctor, estate, expiate, fare, fettle, fitness, fix, fix up, fixing, form, freshen, furbish, furbish up, give satisfaction, go, good condition, hie, improvement, journey, kilter, live down, make amends, make compensation, make good, make matters up, make reparation, make right, make up for, making right, mend, mending, nick, order, overhaul, overhauling, pass, patch, patch up, pay the forfeit, pay the penalty, polish, polish up, proceed, process, propitiate, push on, put in commission, put in order, put in repair, put in shape, put right, ready, rebuild, recap, recompense, recondition, reconstruct, rectification, recur, redeem, redress, refer, remedy, renew, renewal, renovate, renovation, repairing, reparation, restoration, restore, retouch, retread, revamp, revive, rub up, run, satisfaction, satisfy, service, set right, set to rights, sew up, shape, shine, spruce, spruce up, square it, square things, state, tinker, tinker up, tone up, touch up, travel, trim, troubleshooting, turn, vamp, vamp up, wend




N improvement, amelioration, melioration, betterment, mend, amendment, emendation, mending, advancement, advance, ascent, promotion, preferment, elevation, increase, cultivation, civilization, culture, march of intellect, menticulture, race-culture, eugenics, reform, reformation, revision, radical reform, second thoughts, correction, limoe labor, refinement, elaboration, purification, oxidation, repair, recovery, revise, new edition, reformer, radical, improving, progressive, improved, better, better off, better for, all the better for, better advised, reformatory, emendatory, reparatory, remedial, corrigible, improvable, accultural, on consideration, on reconsideration, on second thoughts, on better advice, ad melius inquirendum, urbent latericiam invenit marmoream reliquit.

VB improve, be better, become better, get better, mend, amend, advance, ascend, increase, fructify, ripen, mature, pick up, come about, rally, take a favorable turn, turn over a new leaf, turn the corner, raise one's head, sow one's wild oats, recover, be better, be improved by, turn to right account, turn to good account, turn to best account, profit by, reap the benefit of, make good use of, make capital out of, place to good account, render better, improve, mend, amend, better, ameliorate, meliorate, correct, decrassify, improve upon, refine upon, rectify, enrich, mellow, elaborate, fatten, promote, cultivate, advance, forward, enhance, bring forward, bring on, foster, invigorate, touch up, rub up, brush up, furbish up, bolster up, vamp up, brighten up, warm up, polish, cook, make the most of, set off to advantage, prune, repair, put in order, review, revise, make corrections, make improvements, doctor, purify, relieve, refresh, infuse new blood into, recruit, reform, remodel, reorganize, new model, view in a new light, think better of, appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober, palliate, mitigate, lessen an evil.


N restoration, restoral, reinstatement, replacement, rehabilitation, reestablishment, reconstitution, reconstruction, reproduction, renovation, renewal, revival, revivessence, reviviscence, refreshment, resuscitation, reanimation, revivification, reviction, Phenix, reorganization, renaissance, second youth, rejuvenescence, new birth, regeneration, regeneracy, regenerateness, palingenesis, reconversion, redress, retrieval, reclamation, recovery, convalescence, resumption, resumption, sanativeness, recurrence, rechauffe, rifacimento, cure, recure, sanation, healing, redintegration, rectification, instauration, repair, reparation, remanufacture, recruiting, cicatrization, disinfection, tinkering, reaction, redemption, restitution, relief, tinker, cobbler, vis medicatrix, curableness, restored, redivivus, convalescent, in a fair way, none the worse, rejuvenated, restoring, restorative, recuperative, sanative, reparative, sanatory, reparatory, curative, remedial, restorable, recoverable, sanable, remediable, retrievable, curable, in statu quo, as you were, phr, revenons a nos moutons, medecin, gueris-toi toi- meme, vestigia nulla retrorsum.

VB return to the original state, recover, rally, revive, come come to, come round, come to oneself, pull through, weather the storm, be oneself again, get well, get round, get the better of, get over, get about, rise from one's ashes, rise from the grave, survive, resume, reappear, come to, come to life again, live again, rise again, heal, skin over, cicatrize, right itself, restore, put back, place in statu quo, reinstate, replace, reseat, rehabilitate, reestablish, reestate, reinstall, reconstruct, rebuild, reorganize, reconstitute, reconvert, renew, renovate, regenerate, rejuvenate, redeem, reclaim, recover, retrieve, rescue, redress, recure, cure, heal, remedy, doctor, physic, medicate, break of, bring round, set on one's legs, resuscitate, revive, reanimate, revivify, recall to life, reproduce, warm up, reinvigorate, refresh, make whole, redintegrate, recoup, make good, make all square, rectify, correct, put right, put to rights, set right, set to rights, set straight, set up, put in order, refit, recruit, fill up, fill up the ranks, reinforce, repair, put in repair, remanufacture, put in thorough repair, put in complete repair, retouch, refashion, botch, vamp, tinker, cobble, do up, patch up, touch up, plaster up, vamp up, darn, finedraw, heelpiece, stop a gap, stanch, staunch, caulk, calk, careen, splice, bind up wounds.


N refreshment, bracing, recovery of strength, recuperation, restoration, revival, repair, refection, refocillation, refreshment, regalement, bait, relief, break, spell, refreshment stand, refreshments, ice cream, cold soda, soda pop, hot dogs (food), refreshing, recuperative, refreshed, untired, unwearied.

VB brace, reinvigorate, air, freshen up, refresh, recruit, repair, fan, refocillate, refresh the inner man, breathe, respire, drink in the ozone, take a break, take a breather, take five, draw breath, take a deep breath, take breath, gather breath, take a long breath, regain breath, recover breath, get better, raise one's head, recover one's strength, regain one's strength, renew one's strength, perk up, get one's second wind, come to oneself, feel refreshed, feel like a giant refreshed.


VB return, restore, give back, carry back, bring back, render, render up, give up, let go, unclutch, disgorge, regorge, regurgitate, recoup, reimburse, compensate, indemnify, remit, rehabilitate, repair, reinvest, revest, reinstate, redeem, recover, take back again, revest, revert.


VB atone, atone for, expiate, propitiate, make amends, make good, reclaim, redeem, repair, ransom, absolve, purge, shrive, do penance, stand in a white sheet, repent in sackcloth and ashes, wear a hairshirt, set one's house in order, wipe off old scores, make matters up, pay the forfeit, pay the penalty, apologize, beg pardon, fair l'amende honorable, give satisfaction, come down on one's knees, fall down on one's knees, down on one's marrow bones.

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