Meaning of REPAIR in English

I. rə̇ˈpa(a)](ə)r, rēˈp-, -pe], ]ə\ intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English repairen, from Middle French repairer, repairier to return, go back to one's own country, dwell, from Old French repairier, from Late Latin repatriare to go back to one's own country, from Latin re- + Late Latin -patriare (from Latin patria native country) — more at expatriate


a. : to betake oneself : go

summoned me to repair immediately to the lobby — Horace Sutton

b. : to go habitually : resort

sacred trees to which they repair at various times, but especially before harvest — J.G.Frazer

c. : to go to a specified place for a specified purpose

repair to the second-floor cafe to drink tea and coffee — C.S.Coon

repairing to their villages in the rainy season to plant their plots — R.H.Lowie

d. : to go for the purpose of assembling : rally

raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair — George Washington

a standard of ethical professional conduct to which all architects of good will might repair — G.B.Cummings

2. obsolete : return

all to Athens back again repair — Shakespeare

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English repair, repaire, from Middle French repaire return, dwelling, from Old French, from repairier, v.

1. : the act or fact of repairing to a place : resort

as the day gets warm, repair is had to the shade of a tree — James Stevenson-Hamilton

2. chiefly Scotland : a concourse especially of people : flocking

3. : a place of resort : haunt

his house became a repair for rising politicians

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English repairen, reparen, from Middle French reparer, from Latin reparare, from re- + parare to prepare — more at pare

transitive verb


a. : to restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken : fix , mend

so neatly repaired that he could see no trace of the once familiar rents — T.B.Costain

repair a house

repair a shoe

b. : to restore to a sound or healthy state : renew , revivify

repair his strength

resume his law practice in order to repair his private fortune — E.M.Coulter

repair the tissues of the body

2. : to make good : remedy

the material and moral damage took long to repair — Jacquetta & Christopher Hawkes

repair the lack of early education — E.H.Collis

will repair his ignominious failure — Bernard DeVoto

3. : to make up for : compensate for

repair an insult

repair an injustice

intransitive verb

: to make repairs

Synonyms: see mend

IV. noun

( -s )


a. : the act or process of repairing : restoration to a state of soundness, efficiency, or health

the boat was beyond repair

a thorough repair of the crazy fabric of human nature — T.L.Peacock

b. : an instance or result of repairing

the coat needed only a simple repair

made a few repairs to the stairs where some boards had come loose

the repair to the rug was evident to the eye

c. : the replacement of destroyed cells or tissues by new formations


a. : relative condition with respect to soundness or need of repairing

the car is in reasonably good repair

the building is in poor repair

b. : the state of being in good or sound condition

the house is in repair

the house is out of repair

his judgment was in constant repair — F.A.Swinnerton

3. repairs plural : the portion of maintenance charges expended to keep fixed assets in adequate and efficient operating condition and recorded on the books as expense — contrasted with renewal and replacement

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