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repay

re·pay

repay

pronunciation:
rih peI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: repaid, repaying, repays
definition 1: to pay back (a loan or other debt).
He borrowed a lot of money but could not repay it.
synonyms:
discharge, liquidate, pay, pay off, redeem, satisfy, settle
similar words:
compensate, make up, offset, recompense, reimburse, remunerate, repair, requite, return
definition 2: to make a payment to (someone) for something that is owed.
Please lend me this money and I'll repay you next month.
synonyms:
compensate, recompense, reimburse, remunerate
similar words:
indemnify, make amends, make up, pay, pay off, redeem, redress, requite, return, satisfy, settle, square
definition 3: to do or give in return; reward.
We were taught to repay a good deed with another good deed.
synonyms:
compensate, pay, return, reward
similar words:
compensate, remunerate, requite, retaliate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a payment in return.
synonyms:
pay, reciprocate, recompense
similar words:
make amends, remit
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).