repay

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French repaier (to pay back) (compare French repayer (to pay again)).

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  • IPA(key): /ɹiˈpeɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪ

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repay (third-person singular simple present repays, present participle repaying, simple past and past participle repaid)

  1. To pay back.
    I finally repaid my student loans, just before sending my kids to college.
    • 1962 April, “Talking of Trains: Short-sighted approach to profits?”, in Modern Railways, page 219:
      On the results of the Kent Coast electrification, which is known to be repaying so far a satisfactory return on the investment in it, a Waterloo-Bournemouth scheme shows reasonable financial promise.

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