Definition of requite in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈkwīt/


[with object] formal
1Make appropriate return for (a favor, service, or wrongdoing): they are quick to requite a kindness
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  • Because of this expectation that the accepter will somehow requite the gift, Scripture tells us to be very selective in accepting gifts.
  • The next line in Moses's Song takes up the image: ‘Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise?’
avenge, exact revenge for, revenge, pay someone back for;
take reprisals for, get even for
1.1Return a favor to (someone): to win enough to requite my friends
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  • Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not requite man according to his work?
return, reciprocate, repay
1.2Respond to (love or affection); return: she did not requite his love
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  • She is someone who has fallen in love and who cannot believe that such love can be requited.
  • This was hard on Thompson, who, a few years earlier, had dug up an entire bed of irises in his mother's garden as an attempted exorcism of his insufficiently requited love for her.
  • A couple of scenes later, her unrequited love has been requited, and the two of them are in bed together.
reciprocate, return



Pronunciation: /rəˈkwīdl/
Example sentences
  • I have taken a strong position against schemes of extortion from the fellow citizens of people here in America, based on the idea that somehow or another that would be requital for slavery.
  • You still desire the satisfaction of revenge as requital for the pain you felt.
  • We saw earlier that, although human punishment does not bear the full burden of requiting good and evil, it must hold up requital as an ideal.


Early 16th century: from re- 'back' + obsolete quite, variant of the verb quit1.

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Syllabification: re·quite

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