verb (used with object), re·quit·ed, re·quit·ing.
- to make repayment or return for (service, benefits, etc.).
- to make retaliation for (a wrong, injury, etc.); avenge.
- to make return to (a person, group, etc.) for service, benefits, etc.
- to retaliate on (a person, group, etc.) for a wrong, injury, etc.
- to give or do in return.
- (tr) to make return to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar action
v.c.1400, “repay” (for good or ill), from re- “back” + Middle English quite “clear, pay up,” earlier variant of quit (see quit). Related: Requited; requiting.