repair

verb (1)
re·pair | \ri-ˈper \
repaired; repairing; repairs

Definition of repair 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken : fix repair a shoe

b : to restore to a sound or healthy state : renew repair his strength

2 : to make good : compensate for : remedy repair a gap in my reading

repair

noun (1)

Definition of repair (Entry 2 of 4)

1a : an instance or result of repairing

b : the act or process of repairing

c : the replacement of destroyed cells or tissues by new formations

2a : relative condition with respect to soundness or need of repairing

b : the state of being in good or sound condition

repair

verb (2)
repaired; repairing; repairs

Definition of repair (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

1a : to betake oneself : go repaired to the judge's chambers

b : to come together : rally

2 obsolete : return

repair

noun (2)

Definition of repair (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : the act of repairing : resort

2 : a popular gathering place

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Other Words from repair

Verb (1)

repairability \ri-ˌper-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
repairable \ri-ˈper-ə-bəl \ adjective
repairer \ri-ˈper-ər \ noun

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Verb (1)

mend, repair, patch, rebuild mean to put into good order something that is injured, damaged, or defective. mend implies making whole or sound something broken, torn, or injured. mended the torn dress repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation. repaired the back steps patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material. patch worn jeans rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing. a rebuilt automobile engine

First Known Use of repair

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for repair

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French reparer, from Latin reparare, from re- + parare to prepare — more at pare

Verb (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French repairer to go back, return from Late Latin repatriare to go home again, from Latin re- + patria native country — more at expatriate

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repair

verb
re·pair | \ri-ˈper \
repaired; repairing

Kids Definition of repair

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to put back in good condition : fix Can you repair this broken toy?

2 : to make up for I can't repair the damage I did to our friendship.

repair

noun

Kids Definition of repair (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of putting back in good condition

2 : condition entry 1 sense 1 The house is in good repair.

re·pair | \ri-ˈpa(ə)r, -ˈpe(ə)r \

Medical Definition of repair 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to restore to a sound or healthy state a surgical procedure to repair damaged tissue

repair

noun

Medical Definition of repair (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the act or process of repairing surgical repair of a detached retina

b : an instance or result of repairing

2 : the replacement of destroyed cells or tissues by new formations

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