repair Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “repair” - English Dictionary

"repair" in American English

See all translations

repairverb [T]

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







"repair" in British English

See all translations

repairverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈpeər/ us   /rɪˈper/
A2 to put something that is damaged, broken, or not working correctly, 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 broken friendship Is it too late to repair the damage we have done to our planet?

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

Phrasal verbs

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 mechanic pointed out the repair (= repaired place) on the front of my car.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of repair from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"repair" in Business English

See all translations

repairverb [T]

uk   /rɪˈpeər/ us  
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 local company 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 bad situation better: The industry is still struggling to repair the damage of repeated scandals.

repairnoun [C or U]

uk   /rɪˈpeər/ us  
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 mechanics change oil, perform tune-ups and do repairs.repairs to sth The landlord failed 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 public image of the brand may be damaged beyond repair. The carpet was beyond repair, so the insurance company paid 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)
What is the pronunciation of repair?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“repair” in English

“repair” in Business English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

shade

to prevent direct light from shining on something

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More