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verb [transitive] repay pronunciation in British English /rɪˈpeɪ/
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.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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