repair

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Etymology 1[edit]

Coined between 1300 and 1350 from Middle English repairen, from Middle French reparer, from Latin reparō (renew, repair).

Noun[edit]

repair (plural repairs)

  1. The act of repairing something.
    I took the car to the workshop for repair.
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, The Economist, volume 411, number 8891: 
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. [] But out of sight is out of mind. And that [] means that many old sewers have been neglected and are in dire need of repair.
  2. The result of repairing something.
    If you look closely you can see the repair in the paintwork.
  3. The condition of something, in respect of need for repair.
    The car was overall in poor repair before the accident. But after the workshop had it for three weeks it was returned in excellent repair. But the other vehicle was beyond repair.
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Verb[edit]

repair (third-person singular simple present repairs, present participle repairing, simple past and past participle repaired)

  1. To restore to good working order, fix, or improve damaged condition; to mend; to remedy.
    to repair a house, a road, a shoe, or a ship
    to repair a shattered fortune
    • Milton
      secret refreshings that repair his strength
    • Wordsworth
      Do thou, as thou art wont, repair / My heart with gladness.
  2. To make amends for, as for an injury, by an equivalent; to indemnify for.
    to repair a loss or damage
    • Shakespeare
      I'll repair the misery thou dost bear.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English repairen (to return), from Old French repairier, from Late Latin repatriare (to return to one's country), from re- + patria (homeland). Cognate to repatriate.

Noun[edit]

repair (plural repairs)

  1. The act of repairing or resorting to a place.
    our annual repair to the mountains
    • Clarendon
      The king sent a proclamation for their repair to their houses.
  2. A place to which one goes frequently or habitually; a haunt.
    • Dryden
      There the fierce winds his tender force assail / And beat him downward to his first repair.
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repair (third-person singular simple present repairs, present participle repairing, simple past and past participle repaired)

  1. To transfer oneself to another place.
    to repair to sanctuary for safety
    • Alexander Pope
      Go, mount the winds, and to the shades repair.
    • 1850, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
      I heard the visitors repair to their chambers.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From re- +‎ pair.

Verb[edit]

repair (third-person singular simple present repairs, present participle repairing, simple past and past participle repaired)

  1. to pair again

External links[edit]

  • repair” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.

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