Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb [transitive] repair pronunciation in American English /rɪˈper/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerepairing
past tenserepaired
past participlerepaired
  1. 1
    to fix something that is broken or damaged

    Little seems to have been done to repair the bridges.

    He had two operations to repair torn ligaments in his left knee.

    repair the damage:

    The cost of repairing the damage was much higher than we thought.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of repair
  2. 2
    to take action in order to improve a bad situation

    a last attempt to repair a damaging rift among members of the committee

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of repair

derived word


noun [countable]
Word Forms

phrasal verbs

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog