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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.
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verb (used without object), re·paid, re·pay·ing.
  1. to make repayment or return.
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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


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  • 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.


    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


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
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Derived Formsrepayable, adjectiverepayment, noun
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Word Origin and History for repaid



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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