Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Repasture noun [ See Repast .] Food; entertainment. [ Obsolete]

Food for his rage, repasture for his den.
Shak.

Repatriate transitive verb [ Latin repatriare . See 1st Repair .] To restore to one's own country.

Repatriation noun [ Confer Late Latin repatriatio return to one's country.] Restoration to one's country.

Repay transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Repaid (-p?d"); present participle & verbal noun Repaying .] [ Prefix re- + pay : confer French repayer .]
1. To pay back; to refund; as, to repay money borrowed or advanced.

If you repay me not on such a day,
In such a place, such sum or sums.
Shak.

2. To make return or requital for; to recompense; -- in a good or bad sense; as, to repay kindness; to repay an injury.

Benefits which can not be repaid . . . are not commonly found to increase affection.
Rambler.

3. To pay anew, or a second time, as a debt.

Syn. -- To refund; restore; return; recompense; compensate; remunerate; satisfy; reimburse; requite.

Repayable adjective Capable of being, or proper to be , repaid; due; as, a loan repayable in ten days; services repayable in kind.

Repayment (-m e nt) noun
1. The act of repaying; reimbursement. Jer. Taylor.

2. The money or other thing repaid.

Repeal transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Repealed (-p?ld"); present participle & verbal noun Repealing .] [ Old French repeler to call back, French rappeler ; prefix re- re- + Old French apeler , French appeler , to call, Latin appellare . See Appeal , and. confer Repel .]
1. To recall; to summon again, as persons. [ Obsolete]

The banished Bolingbroke repeals himself,
And with uplifted arms is safe arrived.
Shak.

2. To recall, as a deed, will, law, or statute; to revoke; to rescind or abrogate by authority, as by act of the legislature; as, to repeal a law.

3. To suppress; to repel. [ Obsolete]

Whence Adam soon repealed
The doubts that in his heart arose.
Milton.

Syn. -- To abolish; revoke; rescind; recall; annul; abrogate; cancel; reverse. See Abolish .

Repeal noun
1. Recall, as from exile. [ Obsolete]

The tribunes are no soldiers; and their people
Will be as rash in the repeal , as hasty
To expel him thence.
Shak.

2. Revocation; abrogation; as, the repeal of a statute; the repeal of a law or a usage.

Repealability noun The quality or state of being repealable.

Repealable adjective Capable of being repealed. -- Re*peal"a*ble*ness , noun

Syn. -- Revocable; abrogable; voidable; reversible.

Repealer noun One who repeals; one who seeks a repeal; specifically, an advocate for the repeal of the Articles of Union between Great Britain and Ireland.

Repealment (-m e nt) noun Recall, as from banishment. [ Obsolete]

Repeat transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Repeated ; present participle & verbal noun Repeating .] [ French répéter , Latin repetere ; prefix re- re- + petere to fall upon, attack. See Petition .]


1. To go over again; to attempt, do, make, or utter again; to iterate; to recite; as, to repeat an effort, an order, or a poem. "I will repeat our former communication." Robynson (More's Utopia).

Not well conceived of God; who, though his power
Creation could repeat , yet would be loth
Us to abolish.
Milton.

2. To make trial of again; to undergo or encounter again. [ Obsolete] Waller.

3. (Scots Law) To repay or refund (an excess received).

To repeat one's self , to do or say what one has already done or said. -- To repeat signals , to make the same signals again; specifically, to communicate, by repeating them, the signals shown at headquarters.

Syn. -- To reiterate; iterate; renew; recite; relate; rehearse; recapitulate. See Reiterate .

Repeat noun
1. The act of repeating; repetition.

2. That which is repeated; as, the repeat of a pattern; that is, the repetition of the engraved figure on a roller by which an impression is produced (as in calico printing, etc.).

3. (Mus.) A mark, or series of dots, placed before and after, or often only at the end of, a passage to be repeated in performance.

Repeatedly adverb More than once; again and again; indefinitely.

Repeater noun One who, or that which, repeats. Specifically: (a) A watch with a striking apparatus which, upon pressure of a spring, will indicate the time, usually in hours and quarters. (b) A repeating firearm. (c) (Teleg.) An instrument for resending a telegraphic message automatically at an intermediate point. (d) A person who votes more than once at an election. [ U.S.] (e) See Circulating decimal , under Decimal . (f) (Nautical) A pennant used to indicate that a certain flag in a hoist of signal is duplicated. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Repeating adjective Doing the same thing over again; accomplishing a given result many times in succession; as, a repeating firearm; a repeating watch.

Repeating circle . See the Note under Circle , noun , 3. -- Repeating decimal (Arith.) , a circulating decimal. See under Decimal . -- Repeating firearm , a firearm that may be discharged many times in quick succession ; especially: (a) A form of firearm so constructed that by the action of the mechanism the charges are successively introduced from a chamber containing them into the breech of the barrel, and fired. (b) A form in which the charges are held in, and discharged from, a revolving chamber at the breech of the barrel. See Revolver , and Magazine gun , under Magazine . -- Repeating instruments (Astron. & Surv.) , instruments for observing angles, as a circle, theodolite, etc., so constructed that the angle may be measured several times in succession, and different, but successive and contiguous, portions of the graduated limb, before reading off the aggregate result, which aggregate, divided by the number of measurements, gives the angle, freed in a measure from errors of eccentricity and graduation. -- Repeating watch . See Repeater (a)

Repedation noun [ Latin repedare to step back; prefix re- re- + pes , pedis , foot.] A stepping or going back. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.

Repel intransitive verb To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.

Repellence (-l e ns), Re*pel"len*cy (- l e n-s?) noun The principle of repulsion; the quality or capacity of repelling; repulsion.

Repellent (-l e nt) adjective [ Latin repellens , -entis , present participle ] Driving back; able or tending to repel.

Repellent noun
1. That which repels.

2. (Medicine) A remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid. Dunglison.

3. A kind of waterproof cloth. Knight.

Repeller noun One who, or that which, repels.

Repent adjective [ Latin repens , -entis , creeping, present participle of repere to creep.]
1. (Botany) Prostrate and rooting; -- said of stems. Gray.

2. (Zoology) Same as Reptant .

Repent intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Repented ; present participle & verbal noun Repenting .] [ French se repentir ; Latin prefix re- re- + poenitere to make repent, poenitet me it repents me, I repent. See Penitent .]
1. To feel pain, sorrow, or regret, for what one has done or omitted to do.

First she relents
With pity; of that pity then repents .
Dryden.

2. To change the mind, or the course of conduct, on account of regret or dissatisfaction.

Lest, peradventure, the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt.
Ex. xiii. 17.

3. (Theol.) To be sorry for sin as morally evil, and to seek forgiveness; to cease to love and practice sin.

Except ye repent , ye shall likewise perish.
Luke xii. 3.

Repent transitive verb
1. To feel pain on account of; to remember with sorrow.

I do repent it from my very soul.
Shak.

2. To feel regret or sorrow; -- used reflexively.

My father has repented him ere now.
Dryden.

3. To cause to have sorrow or regret; -- used impersonally. [ Archaic] "And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth." Gen. vi. 6.

Repentance (re*pĕnt" a ns) noun [ French repentance .] The act of repenting, or the state of being penitent; sorrow for what one has done or omitted to do; especially, contrition for sin. Chaucer.

Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.
2. Cor. vii. 20.

Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God.
Hammond.

Repentance is the relinquishment of any practice from the conviction that it has offended God. Sorrow, fear, and anxiety are properly not parts, but adjuncts, of repentance ; yet they are too closely connected with it to be easily separated.
Rambler.

Syn. -- Contrition; regret; penitence; contriteness; compunction. See Contrition .

Repentant (- a nt) adjective [ French repentant .]
1. Penitent; sorry for sin. Chaucer.

Thus they, in lowliest plight, repentant stood.
Millton.

2. Expressing or showing sorrow for sin; as, repentant tears; repentant ashes. " Repentant sighs and voluntary pains." Pope.

Repentant noun One who repents, especially one who repents of sin; a penitent.

Repentantly adverb In a repentant manner.

Repenter (-ẽr) noun One who repents.

Repentingly adverb With repentance; penitently.

Repentless adjective Unrepentant. [ R.]

Repeople (rē*pē"p'l) transitive verb [ Prefix re- + people : confer French repeupler .] To people anew.

Reperception noun The act of perceiving again; a repeated perception of the same object.

No external praise can give me such a glow as my own solitary reperception and ratification of what is fine.
Keats.

Repercuss (-kŭs") transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Repercussed (-k?st"); present participle & verbal noun Repercussing .] [ Latin repercusus , past participle of repercutere to drive back; prefix re- re- + percutere . See Percussion .] To drive or beat back; hence, to reflect; to reverberate.

Perceiving all the subjacent country, . . . to repercuss such a light as I could hardly look against.
Evelyn.

Repercussion noun [ Latin repercussio : confer French répercussion .]
1. The act of driving back, or the state of being driven back; reflection; reverberation; as, the repercussion of sound.

Ever echoing back in endless repercussion .
Hare.

2. (Mus.) Rapid reiteration of the same sound.

3. (Medicine) The subsidence of a tumor or eruption by the action of a repellent. Dunglison.

4. (Obstetrics) In a vaginal examination, the act of imparting through the uterine wall with the finger a shock to the fetus, so that it bounds upward, and falls back again against the examining finger.

Repercussive adjective [ Confer French répercussif .]


1. Tending or able to repercuss; having the power of sending back; causing to reverberate.

Ye repercussive rocks! repeat the sound.
W. Pattison.

2. Repellent. [ Obsolete] "Blood is stanched by astringent and repercussive medicines." Bacon.

3. Driven back; rebounding; reverberated. "Rages loud the repercussive roar." Thomson.

Repercussive noun A repellent. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Repertitious adjective [ Latin reperticius . See Repertory .] Found; gained by finding. [ Obsolete]

Répertoire (F. ra`pâr`twär"; E. rĕp"ẽr*twär) noun [ French See Repertory .] A list of dramas, operas, pieces, parts, etc., which a company or a person has rehearsed and is prepared to perform.

Repertory noun [ Latin repertorium , from reperire to find again; prefix re- re + parire , parere , to bring forth, procure: confer French répertoire . Confer Parent .]


1. A place in which things are disposed in an orderly manner, so that they can be easily found, as the index of a book, a commonplace book, or the like.

2. A treasury; a magazine; a storehouse.

3. Same as Répertoire .

Reperusal noun A second or repeated perusal.

Reperuse transitive verb To peruse again. Ld. Lytton.

Repetend noun [ Latin repetendus to be repeated, from repetere to repeat.] (Math.) That part of a circulating decimal which recurs continually, ad infinitum : -- sometimes indicated by a dot over the first and last figures; thus, in the circulating decimal .728328328 + (otherwise .7&2dot;8&3dot;), the repetend is 283.

Repetition (rĕp`e-tĭsh"ŭn) noun [ Latin repetitio : confer French répétition . See Repeat .]
1. The act of repeating; a doing or saying again; iteration.

I need not be barren of accusations; he hath faults, with surplus to tire in repetition .
Shak.

2. Recital from memory; rehearsal.

3. (Mus.) The act of repeating, singing, or playing, the same piece or part a second time; reiteration of a note.

4. (Rhet.) Reiteration, or repeating the same word, or the same sense in different words, for the purpose of making a deeper impression on the audience.

5. (Astron. & Surv.) The measurement of an angle by successive observations with a repeating instrument.

Syn. -- Iteration; rehearsal. See Tautology .

Repetitional (- a l). Rep`e*ti"tion*a*ry (-?-r?) , adjective Of the nature of, or containing, repetition. [ R.]

Repetitioner noun One who repeats. [ Obsolete]

Repetitious adjective Repeating; containing repetition. [ U.S.] Dr. T. Dwight.

Repetitive adjective Containing repetition; repeating. [ R.]