repair

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verb (1)

re·​pair ri-ˈper How to pronounce repair (audio)
repaired; repairing; repairs

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
repairability noun
repairable adjective
repairer noun

repair

2 of 4

noun (1)

1
a
: an instance or result of repairing
b
: the act or process of repairing
c
: the replacement of destroyed cells or tissues by new formations
2
a
: relative condition with respect to soundness or need of repairing
b
: the state of being in good or sound condition

repair

3 of 4

verb (2)

repaired; repairing; repairs

intransitive verb

1
a
: to betake oneself : go
repaired to the judge's chambers
b
: to come together : rally
2
obsolete : return

repair

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noun (2)

1
: the act of repairing : resort
2
: a popular gathering place
Choose the Right Synonym for repair

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

Examples of repair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Payne estimates repairs will cost half a million dollars, if not more. Chris Baraniuk, WIRED, 20 Feb. 2024 Robots will easily handle all types of manual work, from deliveries to road repairs and construction. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 Shahan has done almost all the repairs himself, except for having the car aligned properly. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 Myers, whose death was announced on the LinkedIn page of his Myers & Son Construction, started a construction firm in 1973 and gained fame for his can-do attitude tackling huge projects, most notably the repair of the Santa Monica Freeway that had been damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee, 15 Feb. 2024 Frank told a judge in 2022 that Vickery was at the school to do repairs. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 All treatments are carefully designed to alleviate tension, muscle pain, and inflammation while promoting circulation, tissue repair, and recovery. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 In addition to prioritizing more money for education, Whitmer also proposed increases to address the ongoing repairs of roads and bridges, provide tax credits for family caregivers and expand subsidies aimed at attracting businesses to Michigan. Fox News, 8 Feb. 2024 Vehicle service contracts are commonly used to help cover the cost of certain vehicle repairs after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. Kat Hnatyshyn, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
The rounds of tea-washing focused, respectively, on detoxification, rejuvenation and stress relief, nourishment and calming, repairing PH balance and hair loss prevention. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 Most affected employees perform core public sector jobs like teaching in schools, doing clerical work for state and local government, repairing engines and machinery for government agencies, answering 911 calls at call centers, and working at city parks. Daniel Rivero, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 While in the habitat, virtual reality will allow crew members to simulate space walks or Mars walks, as well as other tasks the crew may encounter on Mars, including removing dust from the space suit or solar panels or repairing the habitat. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2024 Born in 1901 and during his teen years caddying at Mission Hills Country Club, Smith began making and repairing golf clubs in his father’s Westport garage, later opening his own shop. Reecenichols Real Estate, Kansas City Star, 18 Feb. 2024 The formula features argan oil for its ultra-nourishing and repairing properties, which can support shinier strands with a softer texture. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Olaplex Strong Days Ahead Hair Kit The hair-strengthening kit contains a bond-maintenance shampoo and conditioner, as well as a bottle of the cult-classic No. 3 Hair Perfector—beloved for its ability to ward off breakage and repair the hair. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 One tax proposal that remains: Both the House and Senate passed bills to allow all localities to hold a referendum on adding up to 1 percent to the sales tax and using the proceeds to build or repair schools. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 When given the opportunity, coaches can proactively build, reinforce and repair relationships between outside stakeholders and management, especially the CEO, ensuring everyone is operating from a place of trust. Mitch Mitchell, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of repair was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Repair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/repair. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

repair

1 of 3 verb
re·​pair ri-ˈpa(ə)r How to pronounce repair (audio)
-ˈpe(ə)r
: to make one's way : go
repair to an inner office

repair

2 of 3 verb
1
: to put back in good condition
repair a broken toy
2
: to make up for : remedy
repair an injustice
repairable
-ˈpar-ə-bəl
-ˈper-
adjective
repairer
-ər
noun

repair

3 of 3 noun
1
a
: the act or process of repairing
make repairs
b
: the result of repairing
a tire with three repairs
2
a
: condition with respect to soundness or need of fixing
the car is in poor repair
b
: good condition
a house in repair

Medical Definition

repair

1 of 2 transitive verb
: to restore to a sound or healthy state
a surgical procedure to repair damaged tissue

repair

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: 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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