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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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  • Under its provisions the period for the repayment of the money advanced was extended to sixty-eight years.

    Ireland and the Home Rule Movement Michael F. J. McDonnell
  • He said that the repayment of a debt is just, and in saying so he appears to me to be right.

    The Republic Plato
  • Deposits of minors may be taken, and repayment may be made before the person has attained the age of twenty-one.

  • When Simonides said that the repayment of a debt was justice, he did not mean to include that case?

    The Republic Plato
  • The time of the repayment of an association loan is always present.

    Convenient Houses Louis Henry Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for repayment


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 repayment

early 15c., from re- + payment.



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.

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