Repair noun

Repair noun DEFAULT

Meaning of repair in English

automobile repair

A majority of automobilerepair workshops are independently owned and operated businesses.



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auto repair

There are coffee shops, restaurants, motels, markets, auto repair shops, jewelry shops, and many other things that did not exist before.



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automotive repair

It featured automotiverepair and maintenance tips.



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repaired; repairing; repairs

transitive verb

1a: to restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken : fixrepair a shoe

b: to restore to a sound or healthy state : renewrepair his strength

2: to make good : compensate for : remedyrepair a gap in my reading

1a: an instance or result of repairing

b: the act or process of repairing

c: the replacement of destroyed cells or tissues by new formations

2a: relative condition with respect to soundness or need of repairing

b: the state of being in good or sound condition

repaired; repairing; repairs

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the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads


the act of mending a hole in a garment by sewing a patch over it

care, maintenance, upkeep

activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

band aid, quick fix, quickie, quicky

hurried repair


the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state


the activity of constructing something again


the act of restoring something to its original state


restoration to a previous state

camera care

keeping a camera in good working order

car care

keeping a car in good working order

inspection and repair, overhaul, service

periodic maintenance on a car or machine


the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low-income residents)

reclamation, rehabilitation, renewal

the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation


a complete reconstruction and renovation of something

reassembly, refabrication

assembling again

re-formation, regeneration

forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting


building again

pump priming

introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing

scheduled maintenance

maintenance at a regularly scheduled time

steam fitting

care (installation and maintenance) of equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating


the restoration of someone to a useful place in society


the act of restoring someone to a previous position


the act of restoring to a more youthful condition

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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.



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Origin of repair


First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English repairen, from Middle French reparer, from Latin reparāre, equivalent to re-re- + parāre “to prepare” prepare; see pare

synonym study for repair

2. See renew.




reparable, repairable

Words nearby repair

rep, repack, repackage, repaglinide, repaint, repair, repairer, repairman, repairperson, repairwoman, repand

Other definitions for repair (2 of 2)


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.

Origin of repair


1300–50; Middle English repairen<Old French repairier to return <Late Latin repatriāre to return to one's fatherland; see repatriate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to repair

overhaul, improvement, reconstruction, adjustment, rehabilitation, replacement, revive, rectify, rebuild, heal, refurbish, patch, renovate, revamp, mend, retrieve, remedy, recover, correct, improve

How to use repair in a sentence

  • Unless something changes in the original agreement, the financial responsibility for making those repairs will continue to fall on taxpayers.

    The Deal Before the 101 Ash St. Debacle Helps Explain How We Got Here|Lisa Halverstadt and Jesse Marx|August 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego

  • Those include auto repair, movers, photography, salons, pet groomers, realtors, child care, home services, professional services and contractors, among others.

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  • A consultant hired by the city now estimates the building will need about $115 million in repairs that could take up to four years to complete.

    How the City Came to Lease a Lemon|Lisa Halverstadt and Jesse Marx|August 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego

  • Councilman Scott Sherman, for instance, said he wants to use it in neighborhoods for beautification of utility boxes or sidewalk repair.

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  • It’s that pot of money Council members are hopeful could be used to pay for things like electric vehicle charging stations, utility box beautification, sidewalk repair and tree trimming.

    What Power San Diego Has Over Its Power Company|MacKenzie Elmer|August 4, 2020|Voice of San Diego

  • Having just crossed the country in coach, I needed instant spiritual repair.

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  • This meant helping to change those insanely large tires and working to repair the vehicles.

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  • Today the church is wrapped in scaffolding and metal ribbons are holding its façade in place until someone pays to repair it.

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  • Without the proper equipment to repair and operate the Mohajer-4 it may be more of a photo prop than a piece of weaponry.

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  • An exuberant game of football takes place, then the sound of shells is heard, and both sides repair back to their enemy positions.

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  • A lineman was sent out to repair it under escort of civil guards, who were forced by the rebels to retire.

    The Philippine Islands|John Foreman

  • Gourges fitted out three vessels and 150 soldiers at his own expense to revenge their death, and repair the honor of his nation.

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  • The third boat and kite had been damaged beyond repair, but the two left were sufficient.

    The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne

  • If mistakes are made they happen rarely and the resources of the accepting houses are easily able to repair the damage.

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  • Several of the organs constructed by his firm are in use to-day and are in a good state of repair.

    The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller

British Dictionary definitions for repair (1 of 2)


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 conditionin good repair

Derived forms of repair

repairable, adjectiverepairer, noun

Word Origin for repair

C14: from Old French reparer, from Latin reparāre, from re- + parāre to make ready

British Dictionary definitions for repair (2 of 2)


(usually foll by to)to go (to a place)to repair to the country

(usually foll by to)to have recourse (to) for help, etcto repair to one's lawyer

(usually foll by from)archaicto come back; return


the act of going or returning

a haunt or resort

Word Origin for repair

C14: from Old French repairier, from Late Latin repatriāre to return to one's native land, from Latin re- + patria fatherland; compare repatriate

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for repair


To restore to a healthy or functioning condition after damage or injury.


Restoration of diseased or damaged tissues naturally or by surgical means.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.


Noun repair


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