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tr.v. re·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.

[Middle English requiten : re-, re- + quiten, to pay; see quit.]

re·quit′a·ble adj.
re·quit′er n.


(tr) to make return to (a person for a kindness or injury); repay with a similar action
[C16: re- + obsolete quite to discharge, repay; see quit]
reˈquitable adj
reˈquitement n
reˈquiter n



v.t. -quit•ed, -quit•ing.
1. to make repayment for (service, benefits, etc.).
2. to retaliate for (a wrong, injury, etc.); avenge.
3. to repay in kind, either for a kindness or an injury.
4. to give or do in return.
[1520–30; re- + quite (now obsolete), variant of quit]
re•quit′a•ble, adj.
re•quite′ment, n.
re•quit′er, n.


Past participle: requited
Gerund: requiting

I requite
you requite
he/she/it requites
we requite
you requite
they requite
I requited
you requited
he/she/it requited
we requited
you requited
they requited
Present Continuous
I am requiting
you are requiting
he/she/it is requiting
we are requiting
you are requiting
they are requiting
Present Perfect
I have requited
you have requited
he/she/it has requited
we have requited
you have requited
they have requited
Past Continuous
I was requiting
you were requiting
he/she/it was requiting
we were requiting
you were requiting
they were requiting
Past Perfect
I had requited
you had requited
he/she/it had requited
we had requited
you had requited
they had requited
I will requite
you will requite
he/she/it will requite
we will requite
you will requite
they will requite
Future Perfect
I will have requited
you will have requited
he/she/it will have requited
we will have requited
you will have requited
they will have requited
Future Continuous
I will be requiting
you will be requiting
he/she/it will be requiting
we will be requiting
you will be requiting
they will be requiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been requiting
you have been requiting
he/she/it has been requiting
we have been requiting
you have been requiting
they have been requiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been requiting
you will have been requiting
he/she/it will have been requiting
we will have been requiting
you will have been requiting
they will have been requiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been requiting
you had been requiting
he/she/it had been requiting
we had been requiting
you had been requiting
they had been requiting
I would requite
you would requite
he/she/it would requite
we would requite
you would requite
they would requite
Past Conditional
I would have requited
you would have requited
he/she/it would have requited
we would have requited
you would have requited
they would have requited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.requite - make repayment for or return something
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
pay - make a compensation for; "a favor that cannot be paid back"


1. To give compensation to:
2. To give a satisfactory return to:
3. To give or take mutually:
4. To exact revenge for or from:
Informal: fix.
Archaic: wreak.
Idioms: even the score, get back at, get even with, pay back in kind, settle accounts, take an eye for an eye.


[rɪˈkwaɪt] VT (frm) (= make return for) → compensar, recompensar
to requite sb's lovecorresponder al amor de algn
that love was not requitedese amor no fue correspondido


(= repay) persones vergelten (+dat); actionvergelten; requited loveerwiderte Liebe
(= avenge) actionvergelten; personrächen
References in classic literature ?
Before his departure in the morning, the King invites his reverend host to Court, promises, at least, to requite his hospitality, and expresses himself much pleased with his entertainment.
One of them was to love the other and to die broken-hearted because the loved one would not requite the passion.
To her I chiefly owe my preservation in that country: we never parted while I was there; I called her my GLUMDALCLITCH, or little nurse; and should be guilty of great ingratitude, if I omitted this honourable mention of her care and affection towards me, which I heartily wish it lay in my power to requite as she deserves, instead of being the innocent, but unhappy instrument of her disgrace, as I have too much reason to fear.
Of a surety, senor, whoever you are, for I know you not, I thank you for the proofs of kindness and courtesy you have shown me, and would I were in a condition to requite with something more than good-will that which you have displayed towards me in the cordial reception you have given me; but my fate does not afford me any other means of returning kindnesses done me save the hearty desire to repay them.
Promises I make not as to how I shall requite you when next you come to Nottingham, for I am in the King's service.
Give this girl, therefore, to the god, and if ever Jove grants us to sack the city of Troy we will requite you three and fourfold.
A few dollars will pay for the venison; but what will requite me for the lost honor of a buck’s tail in my cap?
I fear that I would ill requite your father's hospitality," I answered, "since the first thing that I should do were I a thern would be to set an armed guard at the mouth of the River Iss to escort the poor deluded voyagers back to the outer world.
Must I then be untrue to my past history; recoil before obstacles that are not serious; requite with cowardly hesitation what both the English Government and the Royal Society of London have done for me?
I beg that you will set me free, and I will some day requite your kindness.
To requite so disinterested a match with her daughter, by presently turning her new son-in-law out of doors, appeared to her very unjustifiable on the one hand; and on the other, she could scarce bear the thoughts of making any excuse to Mr Allworthy, after all the obligations received from him, for depriving him of lodgings which were indeed strictly his due; for that gentleman, in conferring all his numberless benefits on others, acted by a rule diametrically opposite to what is practised by most generous people.
Hal Robson-Kanu's header put the Royals in front with the game's first chance and the impressive Garath McCleary saw a shot deflected in on nine minutes meaning Bradford would requite another historical evening to seal another trip to Wembley.