What does repair mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. repair, fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, reparationnoun

    the act of putting something in working order again

  2. repairnoun

    a formal way of referring to the condition of something

    "the building was in good repair"

  3. haunt, hangout, resort, repair, stamping groundverb

    a frequently visited place

  4. repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch onverb

    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

    "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"

  5. compensate, recompense, repair, indemnifyverb

    make amends for; pay compensation for

    "One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich"; "She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"

  6. repair, resortverb

    move, travel, or proceed toward some place

    "He repaired to his cabin in the woods"

  7. rectify, remediate, remedy, repair, amendverb

    set straight or right

    "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"

  8. animate, recreate, reanimate, revive, renovate, repair, quicken, vivify, revivifyverb

    give new life or energy to

    "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Repairnoun

    Reparation; supply of loss; restoration after dilapidation.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Before the curing of a strong disease,
    Ev’n in the instant of repair and health,
    The fit is strongest. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Temperance, in all methods of curing the gout, is a regular and simple diet, proportioning the daily repairs to the daily decays of our wasting bodies. William Temple, Miscellanies.

    All automata need a frequent repair of new strength, the causes whence their motion does proceed, being subject to fail. John Wilkins, Mathematical Magick.

  2. Repairnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    So ’scapes th’ insulting fire his narrow jail,
    And makes small outlets into open air;
    There the fierce winds his tender force assail,
    And beat him downward to his first repair. Dryden.

    The king sent a proclamation for their repair to their houses, and for a preservation of the peace. Edward Hyde.

  3. To REPAIRverb

    Etymology: reparo, Lat. reparer, Fr.

    Let the priests repair the breaches of the house. 2 Kings.

    The fines imposed were the more repined against, because they were assigned to the rebuilding and repairing of St. Paul’s Church. Edward Hyde.

    Heav’n soon repair’d her mural breach. John Milton.

    He justly hath driv’n out his rebel foes
    To deepest hell; and to repair their loss
    Created this new happy race of men. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    To be reveng’d,
    And to repair his numbers thus impair’d. John Milton.

  4. To Repairverb

    To go to; to betake himself.

    Etymology: repairer, Fr.

    May all to Athens back again repair. William Shakespeare.

    Depart from hence in peace,
    Search the wide world, and where you please repair. Dryd.

    ’Tis fix’d; th’ irrevocable doom of Jove:
    Haste then, Cyllenius, through the liquid air,
    Go mount the winds, and to the shades repair. Alexander Pope.


  1. repair

    The technical meaning of maintenance involves functional checks, servicing, repairing or replacing of necessary devices, equipment, machinery, building infrastructure, and supporting utilities in industrial, business, and residential installations. Over time, this has come to include multiple wordings that describe various cost-effective practices to keep equipment operational; these activities occur either before or after a failure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Repairverb

    to return

  2. Repairverb

    to go; to betake one's self; to resort; ass, to repair to sanctuary for safety

  3. Repairnoun

    the act of repairing or resorting to a place

  4. Repairnoun

    place to which one repairs; a haunt; a resort

  5. Repairverb

    to restore to a sound or good state after decay, injury, dilapidation, or partial destruction; to renew; to restore; to mend; as, to repair a house, a road, a shoe, or a ship; to repair a shattered fortune

  6. Repairverb

    to make amends for, as for an injury, by an equivalent; to indemnify for; as, to repair a loss or damage

  7. Repairnoun

    restoration to a sound or good state after decay, waste, injury, or partial restruction; supply of loss; reparation; as, materials are collected for the repair of a church or of a city

  8. Repairnoun

    condition with respect to soundness, perfectness, etc.; as, a house in good, or bad, repair; the book is out of repair

  9. Etymology: [OF. repaire retreat, asylum, abode. See Repair to go.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Repair

    rē-pār′, v.i. to betake one's self to: to go: to resort.—n. a retreat or abode. [O. Fr. repairer, to return to a haunt—Low L. répatriāre, to return to one's country—L. re-, back, patria, native country.]

  2. Repair

    rē-pār′, v.t. to restore after injury: to make amends for: to make good, as a loss: to mend: (Spens.) to recover into position, as a weapon.—n. restoration after injury or decay: supply of loss.—ns. Repair′er, one who restores or amends; Repair′ment; Reparabil′ity.—adj. Rep′arable, that may be repaired.—adv. Rep′arably.—n. Reparā′tion, repair: supply of what is wasted: amends.—adj. Repar′ative, amending defect or injury.—n. that which restores to a good state: that which makes amends. [O. Fr. reparer—L. reparārere-, again, parāre, to prepare.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. repair

    The restoration of an item to serviceable condition through correction of a specific failure or unserviceable condition.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'repair' in Nouns Frequency: #1513

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'repair' in Verbs Frequency: #762

Anagrams for repair »

  1. rapier

  2. pairer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of repair in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of repair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of repair in a Sentence

  1. Brenda Blethyn:

    We lived in a rented house, which was in a very poor state of repair, but despite many pleas to the landlord we found that we had to like it or lump it.

  2. Lindsey Vonn:

    I am not able make the turns necessary to compete the way I know I can. My body is broken beyond repair and it isn't letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it's time for me to listen.

  3. City Manager Arthur Noriega:

    In particular, the relationship between the chief and the Police Department he leads – as well as with the community – has deteriorated beyond repair, relationships between employers and employees come down to fit and leadership style and unfortunately, Art Acevedo is not the right fit for this organization.

  4. The Nutrition Twins:

    When you exercise, the muscle fibers are torn and broken apart, and in order to repair the tissues you need protein as well as carbs, have some within 30 minutes, the sooner the better.

  5. Zippy Duvall:

    A piece of equipment is a major investment, farmers must have the freedom to choose where equipment is repaired, or to repair it themselves, to help control costs.

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    the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
    • A. lumberman
    • B. peccadillo
    • C. pluck
    • D. canopy

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