re-, red-

(Latin: back, backward, again; used as a prefix)

1. To spend time resting or doing things for pleasure, especially in contrast to or as a relief from the effort and stress of everyday life.
2. To become, or make someone or something, less anxious, hostile, defensive, or formal.
3. To slacken something that is tensed or tight, e.g. a muscle or a grip on something, or to become looser, less tense, or less tight.
reluctant (adjective), more reluctant, most reluctant
1. Referring to a person who is unwilling to become involved: The boys at school were reluctant to socialize with the new student.
2. Relating to someone who is not very willing to do something and therefore slow to do it: The people waiting for the bus were reluctant to help the drunk get on it when it arrived.
3. Etymology: from Latin reluctari, "to struggle" from re, "against, opposite" + luctari, "to struggle."
A reference to being disinclined to get involved or to participate.
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Curative, acting as a remedy.
1. Anything that cures, palliates (relieves), or prevents disease.
2. Something; such as, medicine or therapy, that relieves pain, cures a disease, or corrects a physical disorder.
3. Something that corrects an evil, a fault, or an error.
4. In law, a legal order preventing or redressing a wrong or enforcing a right.
5. Etymology: from Anglo-French remedie, Old French remede; from Latin remedium, "a cure, a remedy, a medicine"; from re-, "again" + mederi, "to heal".
remember (verb), remembers; remembered; remembering
reminisce (rem" uh NIS) (verb), reminisces; reminisced; reminiscing
1. To talk or to write about events remembered from the past: Old friends like to reminisce about the "good old days".
2. To recollect and to share previous experiences or events: Professor George was compiling a book and he was reminiscing about his many observations as an anthropologist and what he learned about African tribes over the years.
3. Etymology: from Latin reminisci, "remember, recall to mind"; from re-, "again" + -miniscim, from the root of mens, "mind".
To talk, think, or write about events that happened in the past.
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To recall events that took place previously in one's life.
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remit, remitted, remitting, remits, remitment
1. To send or transmit money to pay for merchandise or services, especially by mail.
2. To cancel or hold back from enforcing something; to refrain from exacting (a tax or penalty, for example).
3. To reduce in intensity, or to reduce the intensity of something.
4. To restore something to a previous condition or position.
5. To postpone or defer something.
6. To pardon or to forgive something; such as, a sin or other some transgression.
7. To refer (a case) to another court for further consideration or action.
8. To allow to slacken: "The storm remitted its fury."
1. The sending of money, checks, etc., to a recipient at a distance to pay for merchandise or services.
2. Money or its equivalent sent from one place, or person, to another as payment for merchandise or services.
1. To make payment to; to compensate.
2. To pay someone for goods or services, or to compensate someone financially for losses sustained or inconveniences that have been caused.
1. The act of paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses.
2. A payment or reward for goods or services or for losses sustained or inconvenience caused.
3. The paying or rewarding of someone for goods or services or for losses sustained or inconvenience caused.

This term often refers to the total compensation received by an executive, which includes not only the base salary but options, bonuses, expense accounts and other forms of compensation.

renovate (verb), renovates; renovated; renovating
1. To bring something; such as, a building, back to a former or better condition by means of repairs, redecoration, or remodeling: The contractors wanted to renovate the hotel by repairing and improving its style and efficiency for customers.
2. To refurbish something and to make it new or to restore its usefulness: Virginia spent her time on the weekend trying to renovate and freshen up an old oak bench on her balcony.
3. To give new vigor to someone or something: By taking the pills that the doctor suggested and by going to the fitness studio, Brian tried to renovate his health and alertness.
To restore by repairing.
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To make over or to renew.
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To change into a good condition.
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renovation (s) (noun), renovations (pl)
1. The act of improving by renewing and restoring.
2. The state of having something restored to its former good condition.
To restore (a person) to his own country.
1. To make someone feel intense aversion, disgust, or revulsion.
2. To ward something off, or to keep something away; such as, a solvent that is used to repel mosquitoes or a fabric that repels water.
3. To ward off or to force back a military attack or invasion; for example, with superior forces.
4. To fail to mix or to blend with something else: "He could not mix the oil and water because they repel each other."
5. To exert a force that tends to push something away or apart: "Magnets can both repel and attract one another."
6. To reject or to refuse to accept something or somebody: "Everyone was repelled by the sight of the behavior of the drunk man and woman."
7. Etymology: "to drive away, to remove" came from Old French repeller, from Latin repellere, "to drive back"; from re-, "back" + pellere, "to drive, to strike".

The meaning "to affect (a person) with distaste or aversion" is from 1817; while, the adjective "repellent" is recorded from 1643, from Latin repellentem, preposition of repellere; originally a reference to medicines (that reduced tumors); the meanings of "distasteful, disagreeable" were first recorded in 1797. The noun sense of "a substance that repels insects" was first recorded in 1908.

repellent, repellant
1. Keeping something out or away: "A candle has a repellent effect on insects."
2. Causing someone to feel disgust: "His radio show is repellent to me with his vulgarisms and personal attacks."
3. A substance that is used to keep something out or away: "She used a can of insect repellent to kill the invading flies and mosquitoes."