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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: reparer, from Latin reparare, from parare 'to prepare'

repair

1 verb
     
repair
re‧pair1 S3 [transitive]
1 to fix something that is damaged, broken, split, or not working properly [= mend British English]
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 [= mend British English]
Neil tried to repair the damage that his statements had caused.

repair to something

phrasal verb
old-fashioned to go to a place:
Shall we repair to the drawing room?
repairer noun [countable]
WORD CHOICE: 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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