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requite

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of requite

  1. 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 Synonyms of requite indemnify, recompense, recoup, remunerate, compensate, satisfyWords Related to requite refund, reimburse, repay; redress, remedy, repair; discharge, pay, quit

  2. 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 Synonyms of requite redress, avenge, retaliate, revenge, venge [archaic]Words Related to requite castigate, fix, get, penalize, punish, scourge; chasten, chastise, correct, discipline; right; compensate, pay (back), recompense, repayNear Antonyms of requite absolve, condone, excuse, forgive, pardon, remit

  3. 3 to make a return for I fear my love for her will never be requited Synonyms of requite recompense, repay, reciprocateWords Related to requite exchange; compensate, indemnify, pay, recoup, remunerate, satisfy; give back, refund, reimburse, restitute; avenge, get back (at), retaliate, revengeNear Antonyms of requite 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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