1Scottish historical To restore (a person) to a position or office previously held, to reinstate; especially to restore (a deposed minister) to the ministry. Formerly also with † in, † to.
To restore to a former legal status; especially to restore (a person) to his or her right to defend a case, typically after a decree in absence has been granted. Frequently against a previous judgment. Formerly also with † to. Formerly also †without object. Usually in passive.
3Scottish To give as a reply; to answer. Also without object: to reply. rare after 17th century.
Now chiefly in representations of Scottish dialects.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin repōnere to put back, replace, to restore (abstract things), to restore (a person to a status or condition), to pay back, repay, to put down, to store away, to lay to rest, to place (in a class, category), to rest, make dependent (on), in post-classical Latin also to reply from re- + pōnere to put, place.