Definition of repay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    repay

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpeɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they repay
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpeɪ//
     
    he / she / it repays
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpeɪz//
     
    past simple repaid
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpeɪd//
     
    past participle repaid
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpeɪd//
     
    -ing form repaying
    BrE BrE//rɪˈpeɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpeɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to pay back the money that you have borrowed from somebody 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 somebody 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.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French repaier.Extra examples I felt that I had been amply repaid for my exertions. I’d just like to be able to repay her kindness. The charter can be seen in the town museum, which more than repays a visit. The loan must be repaid in full by December 31. The proceeds from the sale will be used to repay the loan. This money must be repaid to the bank. He has lost his job and is unable to repay his debts. I’ll repay you for the ticket next week. When are you going to repay your brother?
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