repay

[ ri-pey ]
/ rɪˈpeɪ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. repass,
  2. repassage,
  3. repast,
  4. repatriate,
  5. repatriation,
  6. repayable,
  7. repayment,
  8. repeal,
  9. repeat,
  10. repeat oneself

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 Formsrepayable, adjectiverepayment, noun

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Word Origin and History for repay

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.

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