- Requite is defined as to return or repay for a benefit, a service or a wrong that was corrected.
An example of requite is to bring food to a local firehouse to thank the first responders for their service.
transitive verbrequited, requiting
- to make return or repayment for (a benefit, service, etc., or an injury, wrong, etc.)
- to make return or repayment to for a benefit, injury, etc.; reward or retaliate against
- Now Rare to give or do in return
Origin of requitere- + quite, obsolete variant, variety of quit
transitive verbre·quit·ed, re·quit·ing, re·quites
- a. To make return for (something done or felt) in a similar or appropriate fashion: “Pearl felt the sentiment, and requited it with the bitterest hatred that can be supposed to rankle in a childish bosom” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).b. To avenge (an insult or wrongdoing).
- a. To respond to (another) or do something to or for (another) in return for that person's action or emotion: “If he love me to madness, I shall never requite him” (Shakespeare).b. To get revenge on (another) for wrongdoing.
Origin of requiteMiddle English requiten : re-, re- + quiten, to pay; see quit .
(third-person singular simple present requites, present participle requiting, simple past and past participle requited)
From Middle English: re- + quite (to clear, pay up)