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.

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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