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repay

[ri-pey] /rɪˈpeɪ/
verb (used with object), repaid, repaying.
1.
to pay back or refund, as money.
2.
to make return for:
She repaid the compliment with a smile.
3.
to make return to in any way:
We can never repay you for your help.
4.
to return:
to repay a visit.
verb (used without object), repaid, repaying.
5.
to make repayment or return.
Origin of repay
1520-1530
From the Middle French word repaier, dating back to 1520-30. See re-, pay1
Related forms
repayable, adjective
repayability, noun
repayment, noun
nonrepayable, adjective
nonrepaying, adjective
unrepaid, adjective
unrepayable, adjective
well-repaid, adjective
Synonyms
1. reimburse, indemnify. 3. requite, reward.
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  • He hailed it as a present relief, though he supposed he should have to repay it some time.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • I married you, not because I loved you, but to repay your father the wrong he had done me.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • 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.

  • I cannot repay it, except by my thanks; and those only on condition that he will decline his suit.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for repay

repay

/rɪˈpeɪ/
verb -pays, -paying, -paid
1.
to pay back (money) to (a person); refund or reimburse
2.
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
v.

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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