transitive verb-·paid′, -·pay′ing
- to pay (money borrowed in the past) to (a person, bank, etc. that loaned it): please repay the loan fully next week; I repaid her last week
- to make some return for; compensate: repay a kindness
- to give or make some return or recompense to (a person), as for some service
- to do or give (an equivalent) in return: to repay a visit
Origin of repayOld French repaier
- to make a repayment or return
- to reward or punish
verbre·paid, re·pay·ing, re·pays
- To pay back: repaid a debt.
- To give back, either in return or in compensation: repay kindness with kindness.
- To make a return or compensation for: a company that repays hard work with bonuses.
- To make or do in return: repay a call.
(third-person singular simple present repays, present participle repaying, simple past and past participle repaid)
- To pay back.
- I finally repaid my student loans, just before sending my kids to college.