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repay

re·pay

repay

pronunciation:
rih peI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: repaid, repaying, repays
definition 1: to pay back.
He repaid the money that he had stolen.
synonyms:
pay, pay off, settle
similar words:
compensate, make up, repair, return
definition 2: to pay money back to.
You must repay her for the loan she gave you.
synonyms:
compensate
similar words:
make amends, make up, pay, pay off, redeem, return, satisfy, settle, square
definition 3: to do or give in return; reward.
How can I repay your kindness?
synonyms:
compensate, return, reward
similar words:
compensate
derivations: repayable (adj.), repayment (n.)
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The word repay contains the following part:
re- Latin prefix that means again; back or back again
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The prefix re- occurs in verbs that are Latin loanwords, where it can mean "again" (revise ) or "back again" (reflect ). It also attaches to English verbs (replay , rewind) with both meanings. Any verb can be prefixed by "re- " to indicate that an action is repeated. No hyphen is necessary unless the word formed is identical to an existing word (re-sign the document, but resign from a job).