What does repair mean?

Definitions for repair

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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.


  1. repair

    Repair refers to the process of restoring or fixing something that is broken, damaged, or not working properly. It typically involves the tasks of diagnosing the problem, determining the best possible solution, fixing or replacing the necessary parts, and checking to ensure the problem is resolved. It can apply to various objects such as buildings, machinery, electronic devices, or even abstract concepts like relationships or reputation.

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. Monica Viego-Rodriguez:

    The mission is to restore power and that's what we're focusing on. Wednesday night, the Puerto Rico governor said the island will receive approximately $ 35 billion in federal aid. But he added that Puerto Rico is facing massive debt and won't be able to repay the money until 2022. Power crews say they have to prioritize – hospitals, police and fire stations, come first.Then communication facilities, water treatment plants, transportation providers and shelters.From there, utility crews repair infrastructure serving smaller groups and neighborhoods. People like Sol Vazquez, a law student who has been working the best she can with limited resources, also Skyped with Fox News this week. She said she has been seeing a mixed response from her friends and fellow students. I think everyone wants to get their electricity back, I don't think, at this point, they care who does it or how they do it, they just want to get the situation resolved.

  2. Jeremy Ben-Ami:

    The onus is on the Prime Minister to try to repair some of the damage that's been done.

  3. Donna Lieberman:

    Our correctional system does not exist to punish people, and the fundamental premise of our parole system is to allow people to repair their lives, today, the parole board delivered an important message to the entire country, and showed that New York stands for justice and recognizes that those incarcerated should be given a chance to return to society.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    It is better and easier to build boys ( minor tune up ) then to repair men ( major overhaul. )

  5. Damario Solomon-Simmons:

    We look forward to proving our case around the Massacre's ongoing catastrophic effects and demonstrating the actions that defendants must take to repair and rebuild the Greenwood community during our clients' lifetimes.

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