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From Old French restituer, from Latin restituō (replace, restore).


restitute (third-person singular simple present restitutes, present participle restituting, simple past and past participle restituted)

  1. (transitive) To restore (something) to its former condition.
  2. (transitive) To provide recompense for (something).
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, episode 17:
      . . . when Frederick M. (Bantam) Lyons had rapidly and successively requested, perused and restituted the copy of the current issue of the Freeman's Journal and National Press which he had been about to throw away (subsequently thrown away), he had proceeded towards the oriental edifice of the Turkish and Warm Baths. . . .
    • 1966, Anaïs Nin, Incest (1993 edition), →ISBN, p. 28:
      What I spill in talk or acts rarely is restituted in writing.
    • 1980, Harold Bloom, Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate, →ISBN, p. 266:
      [W]hat it represents is the inability of language to restitute the loss of memory.
  3. (transitive) To refund.
    • 2004, Brian Haig, Private Sector, →ISBN, p. 31:
      We were even ordered to restitute the legal costs of the defendants.

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restitute (plural restitutes)

  1. That which is restored or offered in place of something; a substitute.




  1. vocative masculine singular of restitūtus