See more synonyms for repay on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), re·paid, re·pay·ing.
- 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), re·paid, re·pay·ing.
- to make repayment or return.
Origin of repay
Related formsre·pay·a·ble, adjectivere·pay·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·pay·ment, nounnon·re·pay·a·ble, adjectivenon·re·pay·ing, adjectiveun·re·paid, adjectiveun·re·pay·a·ble, adjectivewell-re·paid, adjective
From the Middle French
dating back to 1520–30.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for non-repayable
verb -pays, -paying or -paidDerived Formsrepayable, adjectiverepayment, noun
- 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 non-repayable
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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