Definition of requite in English:



  • 1 Make appropriate return for (a favour, service, or wrongdoing)

    ‘they are quick to requite a kindness’
    • ‘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, retaliate for, pay someone back for
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    1. 1.1Return a favour to (someone)
      ‘to win enough to requite my friends’
      • ‘Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not requite man according to his work?’
      return, reciprocate, match
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    2. 1.2Respond to (love or affection)
      ‘she did not requite his love’
      • ‘Not to mention the fact that even though he was entirely in the know about mine and Zan's issue of not seeing eye to eye, he'd still gone ahead, pretty much secretly, with going some way to requite her obvious interest in him.’
      • ‘When Hero and Ursula leave, Beatrice decides that she will give up her proud ways, and requite Benedick's love.’
      • ‘Shekure in turn had not requited the melancholy Black's love.’
      • ‘A couple of scenes later, her unrequited love has been requited, and the two of them are in bed together.’
      • ‘The film also continues the on-screen relationship of Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, though here his love is requited, unlike in The Apartment.’
      • ‘For she saw in his eyes love, which no woman can mistake, and a thousand tons of regret and remorse, which aroused pity, which is perilously near to love requited.’
      • ‘Convince Banudi of his love, and plot with him a way to requite it.’
      • ‘She is love-struck and will requite the strong love that she thinks Benedick feels for her.’
      • ‘It seems that he always held most of the power in the relationship, partially because of his dominant personality and greater experience with relationships, and partially because her feelings toward him were not entirely requited.’
      • ‘She is someone who has fallen in love and who cannot believe that such love can be requited.’
      • ‘Rock, like the newly-despised Trent Harbor, had the power to make Ally love him; he had the opportunity to have his love 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.’
      reciprocate, return, feel in return, give in return
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Early 16th century: from re- ‘back’ + obsolete quite, variant of the verb quit.