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repay

[ri-pey]
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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

Synonyms

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1. reimburse, indemnify. 3. requite, reward.
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Examples from the Web for repayment

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

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

  • 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

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 repayment

n.

late 15c., from re- + payment.

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n.

early 15c., from re- + payment.

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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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