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Definition of repay verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repay
    he / she / it repays
    past simple repaid
    -ing form repaying
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  1. 1to pay back the money that you have borrowed from someone repay something to repay a debt/loan/mortgage I'll repay the money I owe them next week. repay something to somebody The advance must be repaid to the publisher if the work is not completed on time. repay somebody When are you going to repay them? repay somebody something I fully intend to repay them the money that they lent me.
  2. 2to give something to someone or do something for them in return for something that they have done for you synonym recompense repay somebody (for something) How can I ever repay you for your generosity? repay something (with something) Their trust was repaid with fierce loyalty.
  3. 3repay something (formal) if something repays your attention, interest, study, etc., it is worth spending time to look at it, etc. The report repays careful reading.
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