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[ri-pey] /rɪˈpeɪ/
verb (used with object), repaid, repaying.
to pay back or refund, as money.
to make return for:
She repaid the compliment with a smile.
to make return to in any way:
We can never repay you for your help.
to return:
to repay a visit.
verb (used without object), repaid, repaying.
to make repayment or return.
Origin of repay
1520-30; < Middle French repaier. See re-, pay1
Related forms
repayable, adjective
repayability, noun
repayment, noun
nonrepayable, adjective
nonrepaying, adjective
unrepaid, adjective
unrepayable, adjective
well-repaid, adjective
1. reimburse, indemnify. 3. requite, reward. Unabridged
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  • Everyone likes to be treated with appreciation and understanding and is willing to repay the same in like form.

    The Psychology of Salesmanship William Walker Atkinson
  • I have forgotten to repay him the gold; it shall be sent to-morrow.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • He made himself known to the woman, and convinced her that he had ample reason for wishing to repay the grudge.

  • I will, of course, repay you at the earliest possible opportunity.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Your promises to repay, and your innumerable requests for more time in which to do so, now extend over a period of three years.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for repay


verb -pays, -paying, -paid
to pay back (money) to (a person); refund or reimburse
to make a return for (something) by way of compensation: to repay kindness
Derived Forms
repayable, adjective
repayment, noun
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Word Origin and History for repay

mid-15c., from Old French repaier "pay back, give in return," from re- "back" (see re-) + payer "to pay" (see pay (v.)). Related: Repaid; repaying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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