To repair means to fix or mend something so that it is in good working order again. If you forget to put oil in your car and you blow the engine, it's going to cost you an awful lot to repair it.

Not only does repair describe the act of fixing something, it can also be used as a noun for the fixing itself, as in “Who did the repair on this house? It looks terrible!” In a totally different meaning, if you repair somewhere, you return back to or go to a place for rest or shelter. If you're outside and it begins to rain, you might want to repair to the house where it's dry.

Primary Meanings of repair

restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
the act of putting something in working order again
move, travel, or proceed toward some place
a frequently visited place
Full Definitions of repair

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

“She repaired her TV set”
Repair my shoes please”
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, restore, touch on
break, bust
ruin completely
break, bust, fall apart, wear, wear out
go to pieces
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fiddle, tinker
try to fix or mend
plug with a substance
patch, piece
repair by adding pieces
repair or mend
point, repoint
repair the joints of bricks
trouble-shoot, troubleshoot
solve problems
patch, patch up
mend by putting a patch on
resole, sole
put a new sole on
revamp, vamp
provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
heel, reheel
put a new heel on
repair by sewing
close, fill up
fill or stop up
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v set straight or right

repair an oversight”
amend, rectify, remediate, remedy
Type of:
correct, rectify, right
make right or correct

v make amends for; pay compensation for

“One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich”
compensate, indemnify, recompense
deliver in exchange or recompense
Type of:
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

v give new life or energy to

“This treatment repaired my health”
animate, quicken, reanimate, recreate, renovate, revive, revivify, vivify
come to, resuscitate, revive
return to consciousness
Type of:
arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate
cause to be alert and energetic

n the act of putting something in working order again

fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, reparation
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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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the act of improving something

n a formal way of referring to the condition of something

“the building was in good repair
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time

v move, travel, or proceed toward some place

“He repaired to his cabin in the woods”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

n a frequently visited place

hangout, haunt, resort, stamping ground
gathering place
a favorite haunt where people gather
Type of:
area, country
a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

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