Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to pay back, recompense.
  • v. to reward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To yield up; pay; repay; requite.

Etymologies

From Middle English foryelden ("to requite, yield up"), from Old English forġieldan ("to pay for, reward, give up, forfeit"), equivalent to for- +‎ yield. Cognate with Dutch vergelden ("to reward, pay back"), German vergelten ("to repay, reward"). (Wiktionary)

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