To repay; in a good sense, to recompense; to return (an equivalent) in good; to reward; in a bad sense, to retaliate; to return (evil) for evil; to punish. "He can requite thee; for he knows the charma That call fame on such gentle acts as these." (Milton) "Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand." (Ps. X. 14)

Synonyms: To repay, reward, pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, recompense, punish, revenge.

Origin: Pref. Re- + quit.

(01 Mar 1998)

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