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repay

[ ri-pey ]
/ rɪˈpeɪ /
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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.
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Origin of repay

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

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British Dictionary definitions for repay

repay
/ (rɪˈpeɪ) /

verb -pays, -paying or -paid
to pay back (money) to (a person); refund or reimburse
to make a return for (something) by way of compensationto repay kindness

Derived forms of repay

repayable, adjectiverepayment, noun
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