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1‘the car was taken to a garage to be repaired’
mend, put right, set right, restore, restore to working order, make as good as new, patch up, put back together, overhaul, service, renovate, recondition, rehabilitate, rebuild, reconstruct, refit, adjust, regulate
Northern English fettle
informal see to
2‘an army of seamstresses repaired costumes and cut new ones’
mend, darn, sew up, stitch up, patch up
3‘the government repaired relations with several other countries’
put right, set right, put to rights, patch up, mend, fix, sort out, straighten out, make better, improve, right, heal, cure, remedy, retrieve
wreck, worsen, destroy
4‘she sought to repair the wrong she had done’
rectify, make good, put right, correct, right, redress, make up for, make amends for, make reparation for, compensate for
1‘the building is in urgent need of repair’
restoration, renovation, rebuilding, reconstruction
2‘a virtually invisible repair’
3‘are the tools in good repair?’
condition, working order, state, shape, form, fettle
British informal nick
1‘relax in the stylish bar before repairing to the dining room’
go to, adjourn to, head for, wend one's way to
formal retire to, withdraw to, retreat to
formal set off for, take off for, leave for, depart for
formal remove to
literary, formal betake oneself to
‘their relationship may well be beyond repair’
irreparable, irreversible, past mending, irretrievable, hopeless, past hope, beyond hope, irremediable, irrecoverable, incurable, beyond cure
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