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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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Related Words for repay

refund, restore, reimburse, compensate, offset, reward, accord, square, indemnify, remunerate, rebate, award, recompense, requite, return, balance, revenge, retaliate, reciprocate, avenge

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Contemporary Examples of repay

Historical Examples of repay

  • 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


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 repay


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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper