American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make repayment or return for: requite another's love. See Synonyms at reciprocate.
- v. To avenge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To repay (either good or evil). In a good sense, to recompense; return an equivalent in good for or to; reward.
- 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?
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. make repayment for or return something
- From Middle English: re- + quite (to clear, pay up) (Wiktionary)
- Middle English requiten : re-, re- + quiten, to pay; see quit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“He had made her of none account, and she would requite the injury in full.”
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