Definition of “repair” - English Dictionary

“repair” in British English

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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?

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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 mechanic pointed 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)

“repair” in American English

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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 Business English

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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 shop
carry 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)