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verb [transitive] repay pronunciation in British English /rɪˈpeɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerepaying
past tenserepaid
past participlerepaid
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  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
    It’s a fascinating museum, and certainly repays a visit.


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