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requite

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1 to provide (someone) with a just payment for loss or injury

  • 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
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2 to punish in kind the wrongdoer responsible for

  • 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
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get even (for)

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3 to make a return for

  • I fear my love for her will never be requited
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owe

Synonym Discussion of requite

reciprocate, retaliate, requite, return mean to give back usually in kind or in quantity. reciprocate implies a mutual or equivalent exchange or a paying back of what one has received.
    • reciprocated their hospitality by inviting them for a visit
retaliate usually implies a paying back of injury in exact kind, often vengefully.
    • the enemy retaliated by executing their prisoners
requite implies a paying back according to one's preference and often not equivalently.
    • requited her love with cold indifference
return implies a paying or giving back.
    • returned their call
    • return good for evil

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