Simple Definition of requite
: to give or do something in return for (something that another person has given or done)
Examples of requite in a sentence
<the company requited the employee who had fallen on the ice while leaving work by promptly paying all his medical bills, hoping that would stave off a lawsuit>
<the future writer would later requite the abuse he suffered at the hands of his classmates by creating scathing portraits of them in his novels>
Did You Know?
You might be familiar with the phrase "unrequited love." Love that has not been requited is love that has not been returned or paid back in kind, which brings us to the common denominator in the above definitions for "requite"-the idea of repayment, recompense, or retribution. The "quite" in "requite" is a now obsolete English verb meaning "to set free, discharge, or repay." ("Quite" is also related to the English verb "quit," the oldest meanings of which include "to pay up" and "to set free.") "Quiten," the Middle English source of "quite," can be traced back through Anglo-French to Latin quietus ("quiet" or "at rest"), a word which is also an ancestor of the English word quiet.
Origin and Etymology of requite
re- + obsolete quite to quit, pay, from Middle English quiten — more at quit
First Known Use: 1529
Synonym Discussion of requite
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