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verb [transitive]     repay pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerepaying
past tenserepaid
past participlerepaid
  1. 1
    to give someone money that you have borrowed from them

    The loan must be repaid in full.

    When do you think you will be able to repay us?

  2. 2
    to reward someone who has helped you or been kind to you

    How will I ever be able to repay you?

    They would find a way of repaying the family’s kindness.

    repay someone for something:

    We’ll never be able to repay you for everything you’ve done for us.

    1. a.
      used for saying that someone is behaving in a way that shows they are not grateful for your help, kindness, or love

      She had tried to be a good wife, and he repaid her by cheating on her.

  3. 3
    formal to be worth the time or effort needed to do something


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