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repair

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

a state of being or fitness
  • the dining table is in good repair, so you won't need to refinish it

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repair

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of repair (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to bring back to a former condition or vigor
  • it will take some time to repair your energy after a bout with the flu

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2 to put into good shape or working order again
  • having trouble finding someone who repairs audio components

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How does the verb repair contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of repair are mend, patch, and rebuild. While all these words mean "to put into good order something that is injured, damaged, or defective," repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation.

repaired the back steps

When is mend a more appropriate choice than repair?

In some situations, the words mend and repair are roughly equivalent. However, mend implies making whole or sound something broken, torn, or injured.

mended the torn dress

When is it sensible to use patch instead of repair?

While the synonyms patch and repair are close in meaning, patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material.

patch worn jeans

Where would rebuild be a reasonable alternative to repair?

The words rebuild and repair are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing.

a rebuilt automobile engine

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

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“Repair.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/repair. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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