requite

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From Middle English: re- + quite (to clear, pay up)

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requite (third-person singular simple present requites, present participle requiting, simple past and past participle requited)

  1. To return in kind; To repay; to recompense; to reward.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 3 scene 3
      But, remember—
      For that's my business to you,—that you three
      From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
      Expos'd unto the sea, which hath requit it,
      Him, and his innocent child: for which foul deed
      The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
      Incens'd the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,
      Against your peace.
    • 1925, Franz Kafka, The Trial, Vintage Books (London), pg. 91:
      He bowed slightly to K.'s uncle, who appeared very flattered to make this new acquaintance, yet, being by nature incapable of expressing obligation, requited the Clerk of the Court's words with a burst of embarrassed but raucous laughter.
  2. To retaliate.

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