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repairverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈpeər/  us   /rɪˈper/
A2 to put something that is ​damaged, ​broken, or not ​workingcorrectly, back into good ​condition or make it ​work again: to repair (the ​surface of) the ​road to repair a ​roof after a ​storm The ​garage said the ​car was so ​old it wasn't ​worth repairing. I really must get my ​bike repaired this ​weekend.
C2 If you repair something ​wrong or ​harmful that has been done, you do something to make it ​right: to repair a ​brokenfriendship Is it too late to repair the damage we have done to ​ourplanet?

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repairnoun [C or U]

uk   /rɪˈpeər/  us   /rɪˈper/
B1 the ​act of ​fixing something that is ​broken or ​damaged: My ​car is in the ​garage for repairs. The repairs to the ​roof will be ​expensive. The ​mechanicpointed out the repair (= repaired ​place) on the ​front of my ​car.

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(Definition of repair from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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repairverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈpeər/
to put something ​damaged, ​broken, or not ​workingcorrectly back into good ​condition or make it ​work again: Surgeons repaired the ​severedartery.
(Definition of repair from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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repairverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈpeər/
to get something that is ​damaged or ​broken back into good ​condition, or to make something that is not ​working correctly ​work again: He ​recommended a ​localcompany that repairs ​computers.get/have sth repaired Breakdown ​cover is not ​expensive, if you compare the ​cost of getting your ​car repaired and possibly ​shipped back ​home. It is going to ​cost $5,000 to repair the ​damage caused by the storm.
to do something to make a ​badsituation better: The ​industry is still ​struggling to repair the ​damage of repeated ​scandals.

repairnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /rɪˈpeər/
the ​act of doing something to put something that is ​broken or ​damaged back into good ​condition or to make it ​work again: emergency/​essential/necessary repairs extensive/​major/​minor repairs a repair ​bill/repair ​costs a car repair ​shopcarry out/do/make repairs They have a garage where ​mechanicschangeoil, ​perform tune-ups and do repairs.repairs to sth The ​landlordfailed to ​carry out the necessary repairs to the ​apartment.
beyond repair
something that is beyond repair is ​damaged so much that it cannot be repaired or that nothing can be done to ​help: The ​publicimage of the ​brand may be damaged beyond repair. The carpet was beyond repair, so the ​insurancecompanypaid for a new one.
in good/bad, etc. repair (also in a good/bad, etc. state of repair)
in good/​bad, etc. ​condition: The fences on either ​side of the ​track were in ​poor repair.
under repair
being repaired: This ​section of the road will be under repair until January.
(Definition of repair from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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