verb (used with object)
- to restore to a good or sound condition after decay or damage; mend: to repair a motor.
- to restore or renew by any process of making good, strengthening, etc.: to repair one’s health by resting.
- to remedy; make good; make up for: to repair damage; to repair a deficiency.
- to make amends for; compensate: to repair a wrong done.
- an act, process, or work of repairing: to order the repair of a building.
- Usually repairs.
- an instance or operation of repairing: to lay up a boat for repairs.
- a repaired part or an addition made in repairing: 17th-century repairs in brick are conspicuous in parts of the medieval stonework.
- repairs, (in bookkeeping, accounting, etc.) the part of maintenance expense that has been paid out to keep fixed assets in usable condition, as distinguished from amounts used for renewal or replacement.
- the good condition resulting from continued maintenance and repairing: to keep in repair.
- condition with respect to soundness and usability: a house in good repair.
- to restore (something damaged or broken) to good condition or working order
- to heal (a breach or division) in (something)to repair a broken marriage
- to make good or make amends for (a mistake, injury, etc)
- the act, task, or process of repairing
- a part that has been repaired
- state or conditionin good repair
- (usually foll by to) to go (to a place)to repair to the country
- (usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, etcto repair to one’s lawyer
- (usually foll by from) archaic to come back; return
- the act of going or returning
- a haunt or resort
v.1“to mend, to put back in order,” mid-14c., from Old French reparer “repair, mend” (12c.), from Latin reparare “restore, put back in order,” from re- “again” (see re-) + parare “make ready, prepare” (see pare). Related: Repaired; repairing. v.2“go” (to a place), c.1300, from Old French repairer “to frequent, return (to one’s country),” earlier repadrer, from Late Latin repatriare “return to one’s own country” (see repatriate). Related: Repaired; repairing. n.1590s, “act of restoring, restoration after decay,” from repair (v.1). Meaning “state or condition in respect to reparation” is from c.1600. v.
- To restore to a healthy or functioning condition after damage or injury.
- Restoration of diseased or damaged tissues naturally or by surgical means.