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[ri-pair] /rɪˈpɛər/
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.
  1. an instance or operation of repairing:
    to lay up a boat for repairs.
  2. 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.
Origin of repair1
1300-50; Middle English repairen < Middle French reparer < Latin reparāre, equivalent to re- re- + parāre to prepare; see pare
Related forms
repairable, adjective
repairability, repairableness, noun
nonrepairable, adjective
Can be confused
reparable, repairable.
1. remodel, renovate. 2. patch, fix, amend. See renew. 3. retrieve, recoup. 4. redress.
1–3. break, destroy.


[ri-pair] /rɪˈpɛər/
verb (used without object)
to betake oneself; go, as to a place:
He repaired in haste to Washington.
to go frequently or customarily.
a resort or haunt.
the act of going or going customarily; resort:
to have repair to the country.
Scot. Obsolete. a meeting, association, or crowd of people.
1300-50; Middle English repairen < Old French repairier to return < Late Latin repatriāre to return to one's fatherland; see repatriate Unabridged
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Examples from the web for repaired
  • When you take your car to be serviced or repaired, you expect the mechanic to replace any worn or damaged parts with new ones.
  • They can only be fixed when the credit markets themselves are repaired.
  • Walls and the concrete floor were repaired and cleaned.
  • Water-filled valve boxes or leaking sprinklers may be a sign that valves need to be repaired or replaced.
  • Then the figures-each made of linen bundles wrapped in wire armatures-were painstakingly cleaned and repaired.
  • Workers repaired and recast damaged parts and, using historical photographs, re-created the missing spear point and hammer.
  • Leach installed pipelines from the mint's well to distribute water to residents until the mains could be repaired.
  • If one of them broke a string on his sandals, the other two would wait until the damage was repaired.
  • In the next few days, the repaired machine made many more glides under good control.
  • Again, it was easy to take the car in and get it repaired at the approved garage.
British Dictionary definitions for repaired


verb (transitive)
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 condition: in good repair
Derived Forms
repairable, adjective
repairer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reparer, from Latin reparāre, from re- + parāre to make ready


verb (intransitive)
(usually foll by to) to go (to a place): to repair to the country
(usually foll by to) to have recourse (to) for help, etc: to repair to one's lawyer
(usually foll by from) (archaic) to come back; return
noun (archaic)
the act of going or returning
a haunt or resort
Word Origin
C14: from Old French repairier, from Late Latin repatriāre to return to one's native land, from Latin re- + patria fatherland; compare repatriate
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Word Origin and History for repaired



"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.

"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.


1590s, "act of restoring, restoration after decay," from repair (v.1). Meaning "state or condition in respect to reparation" is from c.1600.

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repaired in Medicine

repair re·pair (rĭ-pâr')
v. re·paired, re·pair·ing, re·pairs
To restore to a healthy or functioning condition after damage or injury. n.
Restoration of diseased or damaged tissues naturally or by surgical means.

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