from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pay back: repaid a debt.
  • transitive v. To give back, either in return or in compensation: repay kindness with kindness.
  • transitive v. To make a return or compensation for: a company that repays hard work with bonuses.
  • transitive v. To make or do in return: repay a call.
  • intransitive v. To make repayment or requital.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pay back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


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