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Definition of repair verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    repair

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpeə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈper//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repair
    BrE BrE//ˈpeə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈper//
     
    he / she / it repairs
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈperz//
     
    past simple repaired
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈperd//
     
    past participle repaired
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈperd//
     
    -ing form repairing
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈperɪŋ//
     
    The car industry
     
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  1. 1  repair something to restore something that is broken, damaged or torn to good condition to repair a car/roof/road/television It's almost 15 years old. It isn't worth having it repaired. The human body has an amazing capacity to repair itself. See related entries: The car industry
  2. 2  repair something to say or do something in order to improve a bad or unpleasant situation synonym right (5) It was too late to repair the damage done to their relationship. The home team did well to repair a bad start.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French reparer, from Latin reparare, from re- ‘back’ + parare ‘make ready’.Extra examples His surgically repaired knee is bothering him. I’m having my car repaired next week. Most of the damage has now been successfully repaired. Natural vitamins in the shampoo will help repair damaged hair. They estimate the cost of repairing the damaged roads at £1 million. Are you going to get the television repaired? It was too late to repair the damage done to the relationship. It’s almost 15 years old. It isn’t worth having it repaired. The builders agreed to repair the structural defects. The damage to the ship had been repaired. They moved quickly to repair relations between themselves and the US. We’ll need to get someone to repair the roof. Phrasal Verbsrepair to…
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