• IPA: /ɹɪˈkwaɪt/

requite (requites, present participle requiting; past and past participle requited)

  1. (transitive) To return (usually something figurative) that has been given; to repay; to recompense
    • 1610, Shakespeare, The Tempest, act 3 scene 3
      But, remember—
      For that's my business to you,—that you three
      From Milan did supplant good Prospero;
      Expos'd unto the sea, which hath requit it,
      Him, and his innocent child: for which foul deed
      The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have
      Incens'd the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures,
      Against your peace.
    • Good cryptographists are rare indeed; and thus their services, although seldom required, are necessarily well requited.
    • 1937, Willa Muir, Edwin Muir (translators), Franz Kafka, The Trial, Vintage Books (London), published 1983, pg. 91, original published 1925
      He bowed slightly to K.'s uncle, who appeared very flattered to make this new acquaintance, yet, being by nature incapable of expressing obligation, requited the Clerk of the Court's words with a burst of embarrassed but raucous laughter.
  2. (intransitive) To retaliate.
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  1. requital

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