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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
Recent Examples of requite from the Web
For example, behind Linda’s story (and behind Charlie Macauley’s as well), is the tale of her sister Patty’s finally requited desire for Charlie.
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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.
Synonym Discussion of requite
- reciprocated their hospitality by inviting them for a visit
- the enemy retaliated by executing their prisoners
- requited her love with cold indifference
- returned their call
- return good for evil
REQUITE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of requite for English Language Learners
: to give or do something in return for (something that another person has given or done)
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