• Kate, Constance and Willy with their repaired treasures
    Kate, Constance and Willy with their repaired treasures
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v repair give new life or energy to "A hot soup will revive me","This will renovate my spirits","This treatment repaired my health"
    • v repair set straight or right "remedy these deficiencies","rectify the inequities in salaries","repair an oversight"
    • v repair restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken "She repaired her TV set","Repair my shoes please"
    • v repair move, travel, or proceed toward some place "He repaired to his cabin in the woods"
    • v repair 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"
    • n repair the act of putting something in working order again
    • n repair a frequently visited place
    • n repair a formal way of referring to the condition of something "the building was in good repair"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Emily repairs Will's trousers Emily repairs Will's trousers
"No repairs allowed." "No repairs allowed."
Repairs Repairs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Repair Condition with respect to soundness, perfectness, etc.; as, a house in good, or bad, repair; the book is out of repair.
    • Repair Place to which one repairs; a haunt; a resort. "There the fierce winds his tender force assail
      And beat him downward to his first repair ."
    • Repair 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. "Sunk down and sought repair Of sleep, which instantly fell on me."
    • Repair The act of repairing or resorting to a place. "The king sent a proclamation for their repair to their houses."
    • Repair To go; to betake one's self; to resort; ass, to repair to sanctuary for safety. "Go, mount the winds, and to the shades repair ."
    • Repair To make amends for, as for an injury, by an equivalent; to indemnify for; as, to repair a loss or damage. "I 'll repair the misery thou dost bear."
    • Repair 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. "Secret refreshings that repair his strength.""Do thou, as thou art wont, repair My heart with gladness."
    • Repair To return. "I thought . . . that he repaire should again."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repair To restore to a sound, good, or complete state after decay, injury, dilapidation, or partial destruction; restore; renovate.
    • repair To make amends for, as for an injury, by an equivalent; give indemnity for; make good: as, to repair a loss or damage.
    • repair To fortify; defend.
    • repair To recover, or get into position for offense again, as a weapon.
    • repair Synonyms To mend, refit, retouch, vamp (up), patch, tinker (up).
    • n repair Restoration to a sound or good state after decay, waste, injury, or partial destruction; supply of loss; reparation.
    • n repair Good or sound condition kept up by repairing as required; with a qualifying term, condition as regards repairing: as, a building in good or bad repair.
    • n repair Reparation for wrong; amends.
    • n repair Attire; apparel.
    • repair To go to a (specified) place; betake one's self; resort: as, to repair to a sanctuary for safety.
    • repair To return.
    • n repair The act of betaking one's self to a (specified) place; a resorting.
    • n repair A place to which one repairs; haunt; resort.
    • n repair Probably, an invitation or a return.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Repair rē-pār′ to betake one's self to: to go: to resort
    • n Repair a retreat or abode
    • v.t Repair rē-pār′ to restore after injury: to make amends for: to make good, as a loss: to mend:
    • n Repair restoration after injury or decay: supply of loss
    • n Repair that which restores to a good state: that which makes amends
    • v.t Repair rē-pār′ (Spens.) to recover into position, as a weapon
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.”
  • George Washington
    “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone; one should keep his friendships in constant repair.”
  • Proverb
    “A hundred years cannot repair a moment's loss of honor.”
  • Billy Rose
    Billy Rose
    “Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repairing.”
  • Frank A. Clark
    “There is one advantage to having nothing, it never needs repair.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. repairen, OF. repairier, to return, fr. L. repatriare, to return to one's contry, to go home again; pref. re-, re- + patria, native country, fr. pater, father. See Father, and cf. Repatriate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reparer—L. reparārere-, again, parāre, to prepare.


In literature:

The man of the house finally took all the disabled umbrellas to the repairer's.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
All hands were instantly set to work to repair damages, to be ready for her in case she should return.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
The frigates' damages being now repaired, a course was steered for the north.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
We had plenty of work in repairing damages, clearing away the wreck of the fore-top mast, and getting a new one ready to send aloft.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
This he did in the hope that they would be prevented from repairing damages and be enabled to escape.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Why do you repair in the way you do?
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The Cincinnati and Mound City were also speedily repaired and again in service by the end of the month.
"The Gulf and Inland Waters" by A. T. Mahan
Her directions were to repair to the back door, which looked out upon some fields, and give three taps.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
It is useless to repeat it; and if you do, I shall consider it an insult, and immediately repair on board of my vessel.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
Now you may go, and as soon as your uniforms arrive, you will repair on board.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat

In poetry:

At last Bishop Hatto appointed a day
To quiet the poor without delay;
He bade them to his great Barn repair,
And they should have food for the winter there.
"God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop" by Robert Southey
For these there is room and welcome, too,
For there's land quite enough and to spare,
But we pray that all the vicious crew
To their homes o'er the sea may repair.
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite
THESE reasons strongly with the mother weighed;
Her visit to the 'squire was not delayed;
With fond affection for her darling heir,
One morn, alone she sought the lorn repair.
"The Falcon" by Jean de La Fontaine
Had not our blessed Saviour been so kind,
To suffer death for us upon the cross;
The world had, for that fault, been all confin'd
In Hell, and none cou'd have repair'd the loss.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
By fairy hands their knell is rung;
By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there!
"How Sleep The Brave" by William Taylor Collins
Now to that place their feet repairs
Where Priests send folks to bliss by pairs;
Where Happiness, a lovely guest,
Enters, and sooths the mind at least.
Serene's the view for one short space,
And not a cloud dares shew its face.
"The Wager" by William Hutton

In news:

As a hobby, I build furniture and do repair work around the house, but sometimes the projects don't work out.
Joe's Master Service Center is the place to go for all your automotive service and repair needs.
City's repair plan could cost taxpayer.
Lineman will likely need surgery to repair face.
"When the economy gets bad," he says, "people have a tendency to repair what they have, rather than buy new things.
The statue of Christopher Columbus outside Union Station is in need of repair.
Chugging away at NYS&W repairs, CCIDA floats request for more county funding.
Trinity Church is swathed in scaffolding for restoration, repairs and cleaning of its spire and tower.
Workers repair a building in downtown Baghdad, Iraq.
Lucien, a redshirt freshman, will have surgery this week to repair the injury.
His popular Aloha Automotive repair business, located on Sawmill Road in Carlsborg, is now officially shuttered.
Woman gets clothes dryer repaired 5 times.
The 341-foot ferry that travels between Port Angeles and Victoria will travel to Dakota Creek Industries Shipyard in Anacortes for routine maintenance, repairs and upgrades.
President says nation's top priority now is repairing economy.
I have to really commend the DOT for their outstanding response to pothole repairs this year.

In science:

On its way back it repairs all defects left behind during the first part of the journey, in both the site and bond versions.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
The TPC itself was never modified and has required only minim al repairs during the five years since 1997.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
FIG. 4: Reconstructed superoperators for the post-selected HOM process. a) superoperator as measured, b) predicted superoperator after repair.
Diagnosis, prescription and prognosis of a Bell-state filter by quantum process tomography
We analyze the correlation properties of the Erd¨os-R´enyi random graph (RG) and the Barab´asiAlbert scale-free network (SF) under the attack and repair strategy with detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA).
Detrended fluctuation analysis on the correlations of complex networks under attack and repair strategy
The fluctuations are quite random at short time scales but display strong anticorrelation at longer time scales under the same system size N and different repair probability pre .
Detrended fluctuation analysis on the correlations of complex networks under attack and repair strategy