Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

repay

[ri-pey]
See more synonyms for repay on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), re·paid, re·pay·ing.
  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.
Show More
verb (used without object), re·paid, re·pay·ing.
  1. to make repayment or return.
Show More

Origin of repay

From the Middle French word repaier, dating back to 1520–30. See re-, pay1
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

Synonyms

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

refunded, remunerated

Examples from the Web for repaid

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • It was good to see the loving look that reproved and repaid him.

  • I don't know what they'll do about it; the money has been repaid.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Never, never, never has a single centime been repaid by a single one of these borrowers.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • This brief interview has more than repaid me for all that I have ever suffered.

  • Mr Flintwinch, to whom these words were spoken, repaid the stranger's wonder in full.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for repaid

repay

verb -pays, -paying or -paid
  1. to pay back (money) to (a person); refund or reimburse
  2. to make a return for (something) by way of compensationto repay kindness
Show More
Derived Formsrepayable, adjectiverepayment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for repaid

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper