repair


repair
re|pair1 S3 [rıˈpeə US -ˈper] v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: reparer, from Latin reparare, from parare 'to prepare']
1.) to fix something that is damaged, broken, split, or not working properly
British Equivalent: mend
Dad was up the ladder, repairing the roof.
Where can I get my shoes repaired ?
2.) formal to do something to remove harm that you have caused
British Equivalent: mend
Neil tried to repair the damage that his statements had caused.
repair to [repair to sth] phr v
old-fashioned to go to a place
Shall we repair to the drawing room?
>repairer n
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WORD CHOICE: repair, fix, mend
Repair is slightly more formal than fix or mend . You can repair anything that is broken or damaged, or has a hole in it : He repairs old furniture. |It cost too much to get the car repaired. |The roof needs repairing in a few places.
In British English, fix and mend have the same meaning, but people more often use fix to talk about repairing a machine, vehicle etc and mend to talk about repairing holes in clothes, roads, roofs, and fences.
In American English, mend is usually only used to talk about repairing things with holes in them, especially clothes and shoes.
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repair 2
repair2 W3S3 n
1.) [U and C]
something that you do to fix a thing that is damaged, broken, or not working
repair to
repairs to the roads
make/carry out/do repairs
His job is to make minor repairs on all the machines.
The church tower is in need of repair .
structural/housing/motorway etc repairs
an extensive programme of building repairs
beyond repair
Many of the paintings were beyond repair (=so damaged that they cannot be mended) .
under repair
(=being repaired)
Is the bridge still under repair?
They did a good repair job on the roof.
2.) in good/poor etc repair
in good or bad condition
Garden tools should be kept in good repair .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Repair — Re*pair , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Repaired} ( p?rd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Repairing}.] [F. r[ e]parer, L. reparare; pref. re re + parare to prepare. See {Pare}, and cf. {Reparation}.] 1. To restore to a sound or good state after decay, injury,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repair — I noun adjustment, alteration, amelioration, betterment, correction, cure, fixing, improvement, melioration, mending, overhaul, patching, reanimation, reassembling, reconditioning, reconstruction, recovery, rectification, redintegration,… …   Law dictionary

  • Repair — Re*pair , n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Sunk down and sought repair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repair — repair1 [ri per′] vt. [ME repairen < OFr reparer < L reparare < re , again + parare, to get ready, PREPARE] 1. to put back in good condition after damage, decay, etc.; mend; fix 2. to renew; restore; revive [to repair one s health] 3. to …   English World dictionary

  • Repair — Re*pair , n. [OF. repaire retreat, asylum, abode. See {Repair} to go.] 1. The act of repairing or resorting to a place. [R.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The king sent a proclamation for their repair to their houses. Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 2. Place …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repair — ‘mend’ [14] and repair ‘go’ [14] are two distinct words. The former comes via Old French reparer from Latin reparāre ‘put back in order’, a compound verb formed from the prefix re ‘back’ and parāre ‘put in order’ (source of English prepare).… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • repair — Ⅰ. repair [1] ► VERB 1) restore (something damaged, worn, or faulty) to a good condition. 2) set right (a rift in relations). ► NOUN 1) the action of repairing. 2) a result of this. 3) the relative ph …   English terms dictionary

  • repair — ‘mend’ [14] and repair ‘go’ [14] are two distinct words. The former comes via Old French reparer from Latin reparāre ‘put back in order’, a compound verb formed from the prefix re ‘back’ and parāre ‘put in order’ (source of English prepare).… …   Word origins

  • Repair — Re*pair (r? p?r ), v. i. [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}.] 1. To return. [Obs.] [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repair — [n] restoration, fixing adjustment, darn, improvement, mend, new part, overhaul, patch, reconstruction, reformation, rehabilitation, replacement, substitution; concepts 513,700,824 Ant. breaking, damage, destruction, harm, hurt, injury, neglect,… …   New thesaurus

  • repair — repair. См. репаративный синтез. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.


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