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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 repayment

reimbursement, compensation, restoration, reparation, restitution, quittance, indemnification, retaliation, revenge, amends, redress, recompense, atonement, requital

Examples from the Web for repayment

Contemporary Examples of repayment

Historical Examples of repayment

  • He said that the repayment of a debt is just, and in saying so he appears to me to be right.

  • When Simonides said that the repayment of a debt was justice, he did not mean to include that case?

  • And we won't say anything about repayment either, this time.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • They took all they could get, but assuredly they never understood the obligation of repayment.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • The day for repayment came, but the poor man had not a single copeck.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston

British Dictionary definitions for repayment


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 repayment


late 15c., from re- + payment.

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early 15c., from re- + payment.

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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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