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repay Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb pay back
    refund; return; give back.
    • Please refund me my money
  2. verb make repayment for or return something
  3. verb act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
    reward; pay back.
  4. verb answer back
    return; rejoin; retort; riposte; come back.

Re*pay" transitive verb
Pref. re- + pay: cf. F. repayer.
imperfect & past participle Repaid present participle & verbal noun Repaying
  1. To pay back; to refund; as, to repay money borrowed or advanced.
    If you repay me not on such a day, In such a place, such sum or sums. Shak.
  2. To make return or requital for; to recompense; -- in a good or bad sense; as, to repay kindness; to repay an injury.
    Benefits which can not be repaid . . . are not commonly found to increase affection. Rambler.
  3. To pay anew, or a second time, as a debt. Syn. -- To refund; restore; return; recompense; compensate; remunerate; satisfy; reimburse; requite.

Webster 1913