retribute

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin retributus, past participle of retribuo (I retribute); prefix re- + tribuo (I bestow, assign, pay). See tribute.

Verb[edit]

retribute (third-person singular simple present retributes, present participle retributing, simple past and past participle retributed)

  1. To pay back; to give in return, as payment, reward, or punishment; to requite.
    to retribute one for his kindness
    to retribute just punishment to a criminal
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Translations[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for retribute in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

retribūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of retribūtus