from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To pay back.
  • intransitive verb To give back, either in return or in compensation.
  • intransitive verb To make a return or compensation for.
  • intransitive verb To make or do in return.
  • intransitive verb To make repayment or requital.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pay back; refund.
  • To make return, retribution, or requital for, in a good or bad sense: as, to repay kindness; to repay an injury.
  • To make return or repayment to.
  • To requite either good or evil; make return.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To pay back; to refund.
  • transitive verb To make return or requital for; to recompense; -- in a good or bad sense
  • transitive verb To pay anew, or a second time, as a debt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To pay back.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make repayment for or return something
  • verb act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
  • verb answer back
  • verb pay back


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