- 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.
- to make repayment or return.
Origin of repay
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1. reimburse, indemnify. 3. requite, reward.
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Examples from the Web for repay
She vowed to repay the money—no official word, however, on whether she ever did that.Fergie Dives Into Prince Andrew’s Sex Scandal
January 5, 2015
There is no way I could ever repay the debt I owe him for his standing by me through the challenges of the last decade.A Bishop’s Decision to Divorce
May 4, 2014
Chesapeake pledged to pay Access enough in fees to repay the $5 billion plus a 15 percent return on its pipelines.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
The electric sports car maker is using a debt offering to repay a $465 million government loan – nine years before it is due.Tesla Motors will repay government loan nine years early
May 15, 2013
But whatever the amount, over a couple of years it will more than repay the hour that you spent setting all this up.Happy Tax Day. Now Stop Making Interest-Free Loans to the U.S. Government.
April 14, 2013
He hailed it as a present relief, though he supposed he should have to repay it some time.Brave and Bold
I married you, not because I loved you, but to repay your father the wrong he had done me.Within the Law
I have forgotten to repay him the gold; it shall be sent to-morrow.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Be encouraged by recollecting who observes and who can repay you.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
I cannot repay it, except by my thanks; and those only on condition that he will decline his suit.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- to pay back (money) to (a person); refund or reimburse
- to make a return for (something) by way of compensationto repay kindness
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Word Origin and History for repay
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