[ ri-pey ]
See synonyms for: repayrepaid on

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.

  1. to make return to in any way: We can never repay you for your help.

  2. to return: to repay a visit.

verb (used without object),re·paid, re·pay·ing.
  1. to make repayment or return.

Origin of repay

From the Middle French word repaier, dating back to 1520–30. See re-, pay1

Other words for repay

Other words from repay

  • re·pay·a·ble, adjective
  • re·pay·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • re·pay·ment, noun
  • non·re·pay·a·ble, adjective
  • non·re·pay·ing, adjective
  • un·re·paid, adjective
  • un·re·pay·a·ble, adjective
  • well-re·paid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use repay in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for repay


/ (rɪˈpeɪ) /

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 compensation: to repay kindness

Derived forms of repay

  • repayable, adjective
  • repayment, noun

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