repay

verb
re·​pay | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈpā How to pronounce repay (audio) \
repaid\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈpād How to pronounce repaid (audio) \; repaying

Definition of repay

transitive verb

1a : to pay back repay a loan
b : to give or inflict in return or requital repay evil for evil
2 : to make a return payment to : compensate, requite
3 : to make requital for : recompense the success that repays hard work

intransitive verb

: to make return payment or requital

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Other Words from repay

repayable \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈpā-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce repayable (audio) \ adjective
repayment \ (ˌ)rē-​ˈpā-​mənt How to pronounce repayment (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for repay

Synonyms

refund, reimburse

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pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred. paid their bills compensate implies a making up for services rendered. an attorney well compensated for her services remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for. promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law. all creditors will be satisfied in full reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit. reimbursed employees for expenses indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare. indemnified the families of the dead miners repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount. repay a favor with a favor recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward. passengers were recompensed for the delay

Examples of repay in a Sentence

You can repay the mortgage over 30 years. She would rather have to repay the bank than borrow from her parents and have to repay them. How can I ever repay your kindness? How can I ever repay you for your kindness?
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The board of education on Sept. 3 approved the issuance of $131 million in general obligation bonds — debt that is expected to be repaid over a period of 20 years. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "District 207 School Board approves $131 million bond issue toward referendum-authorized projects," 14 Sep. 2019 That scenario would require the small, oftentimes financially vulnerable companies as well as the investment banks holding the credits to wait substantially longer to be repaid. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court hears arguments over bill to pay off credits through bonds," 12 Sep. 2019 The loans were collateralized by WE Holdings’ shares of stock in WeWork, and were repaid by WeWork’s repurchase of the shares. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: WeWork carries Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ craze to its absurd limits," 12 Sep. 2019 General obligation bonds are the principal means used to finance municipal school construction, state building upgrades, and other capital projects and are repaid from the budget’s general fund. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, "Gov. Ned Lamont considering scaled-back tolls proposal," 16 July 2019 It was never repaid more than $7 million of the $27.3 million in costs the city incurred during the 2017 inauguration, city officials said. Peter Jamison, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump’s July Fourth event and protests bankrupted Washington security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 It was never repaid more than $7 million of the $27.3 million in costs the city incurred during the 2017 inauguration, city officials said. oregonlive.com, "President Trump’s July Fourth event and weekend protests bankrupted Washington security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 Julián Castro is pushing to fundamentally reform how student debt is repaid. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Decade That Changed the Student-Debt Debate," 5 June 2019 Amid a social mentality that promotes the next new thing, you are repaid with miles and memories. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Homage for a pickup truck at 400,000 miles," 15 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of repay

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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repayment

noun

Financial Definition of repayment

What It Is

Repayment usually refers to the payments on a debt.

How It Works

Under the terms of a loan, repayment can have different schedules and requirements. For example, a loan may be amortized over a specific period of time, requiring regular repayments. The repayments would be divided between the interest (i.e. the interest on the outstanding loan amount) and the principal repayment (i.e. the remaining amount of the periodic payment that is used to reduce the outstanding loan amount). At the same time, a loan term may be amortized over a longer period of time than the due date on the loan.  In this case, a loan will require a "balloon repayment" (i.e. the amount of principal not yet repaid will be due in full at the end of the term). In either case, all payments on the loan are called repayments.

Why It Matters

For both a borrower and a lender, the breakdown of repayments into principal and interest are very important. For a business, the interest portion of the repayment on a business loan is tax deductible. The principal is not.   For a lender, the interest portion of the repayment is treated as income.  The principal is not.

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repay

verb

English Language Learners Definition of repay

: to pay back (money that you have borrowed)
: to make a payment to (a person or organization that has loaned you money)
: to do or give something in return for (something) : to provide something in return for (work, effort, etc.)

repay

verb
re·​pay | \ rē-ˈpā How to pronounce repay (audio) \
repaid\ -​ˈpād \; repaying

Kids Definition of repay

1 : to pay back repay a loan
2 : to do or give something in return How can I repay the favor?

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