Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make repayment or return for: requite another's love. See Synonyms at reciprocate.
  • transitive v. To avenge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To return in kind; To repay; to recompense; to reward.
  • v. To retaliate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To repay (either good or evil).
  • In a bad sense, to retaliate; return evil for evil for or to; punish.
  • To return.
  • Synonyms Remunerate, Recompense, etc. (see indemnify), pay, repay, pay off.
  • n. Requital.
  • n. For counsel given unto the king is this thy just requite?

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make repayment for or return something

Etymologies

Middle English requiten : re-, re- + quiten, to pay; see quit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English: re- + quite (to clear, pay up) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Behold > [May He behold] 9 And what I cannot requite, +requite+ with usury. requite > [may He requite] usury > interest

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

  • He is desperate to be shadow chancellor, the second most important role on the opposition frontbench after your own, and he will be unforgiving if you don't requite his ambition.

    Ed Miliband: You thought fighting your brother was tough. That was the easy bit

  • Undoubtedly this liar of singular felicity would open his mouth and requite me for my St. Elias bear.

    A RELIC OF THE PLIOCENE

  • The report by the President's Cancer Panel emphasize how "the requite knowledge and technologies exist" to provide safe "alternatives" to cancer-causing agents.

    Karl Grossman: Cancer -- The Number One Killer -- And Its Environmental Causes

  • Fixing that problem would requite U.S. policy follow the roots of their support of the Taliban all the way up to the India/Pakistan animosity, and nothing--nothing--in the U.S.'s military-first strategy comes close to doing so.

    Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe: Failure, Not Progress, in Afghanistan

  • What do you do if you are born too late to compete, if you love someone more than they can properly requite, if you realize the object of your worship is, in some fundamental way, a fraud?

    Freud’s Blind Spot

  • Because I needed to learn how to do that, too: how to put together a query letter, and a synopsis oh, bless you, agents who do not requite a synopsis and how to think about having something larger than a short story out and under consideration.

    Nobody knew what kind of magic spell to use

  • He had made her of none account, and she would requite the injury in full.

    A River So Long

  • Gone to make do and mend, thinks I - and since H didn't have a red cent to requite her, it struck me as a capital time to resume my scattered togs and make tracks for the ministry.

    THE NUMBERS

  • Because she does not requite his love, however, Apollo conflates his blessing with a curse: Notwithstanding her foresight, Cassandra's auguring is never believed.

    Investors and Stuy Town

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