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.

Definitions of repair
  1. verb
    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
    “She repaired her TV set”
    Repair my shoes please”
    synonyms: bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, restore, touch on
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    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
    make better
  2. verb
    set straight or right
    repair an oversight”
    synonyms: amend, rectify, remediate, remedy
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    type of:
    correct, rectify, right
    make right or correct
  3. verb
    make amends for; pay compensation for
    “One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich”
    synonyms: compensate, indemnify, recompense
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    deliver in exchange or recompense
    type of:
    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  4. verb
    give new life or energy to
    “This treatment repaired my health”
    synonyms: animate, quicken, reanimate, recreate, renovate, revive, revivify, vivify
    come to, resuscitate, revive
    return to consciousness
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    arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate
    cause to be alert and energetic
  5. noun
    the act of putting something in working order again
    synonyms: 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
  6. noun
    a formal way of referring to the condition of something
    “the building was in good repair
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    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  7. verb
    move, travel, or proceed toward some place
    “He repaired to his cabin in the woods”
    synonyms: resort
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  8. noun
    a frequently visited place
    synonyms: hangout, haunt, resort, stamping ground
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    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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