• WordNet 3.6
    • v repay answer back
    • v repay pay back "Please refund me my money"
    • v repay make repayment for or return something
    • v repay act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Repay To make return or requital for; to recompense; -- in a good or bad sense; as, to repay kindness; to repay an injury. "Benefits which can not be repaid . . . are not commonly found to increase affection."
    • Repay To pay anew, or a second time, as a debt.
    • Repay To pay back; to refund; as, to repay money borrowed or advanced. "If you repay me not on such a day,
      In such a place, such sum or sums."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repay To pay back; refund.
    • repay To make return, retribution, or requital for, in a good or bad sense: as, to repay kindness; to repay an injury.
    • repay To make return or repayment to.
    • repay To requite either good or evil; make return.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Repay rē-pā′ to pay back: to make return for: to recompense: to pay again or a second time
    • v.i Repay to requite
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  • Charlotte Saunders Cushman
    Charlotte Saunders Cushman
    “Art is an absolute mistress; she will not be coquetted with or slighted; she requires the most entire self-devotion, and she repays with grand triumphs.”
  • Ruth Benedict
    Ruth Benedict
    “A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Constancy... that small change of love, which people exact so rigidly, receive in such counterfeit coin, and repay in baser metal.”
  • John Wooden
    “You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones -- with ingratitude.”
  • Edward F. Halifax
    “Men who borrow their opinions can never repay their debts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. re-, + pay,: cf. F. repayer,


In literature:

I owe him a debt I can't repay easy, seeing he's dead.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Rotted manure is less dangerous, and few crops repay its use in higher degree than the potato.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
Besides, she could never repay him if anything went wrong.
"Abijah's Bubble" by F. Hopkinson Smith
The greatest object of my life shall be to repay him tenfold!
"Under the Rebel's Reign" by Charles Neufeld
She was glad to repay Amanda's aunt for some of her kindness.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
He had refused to consider it a gift, but was, and became every day more, incapable of repaying it.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
It is simply my duty, you see, and Mrs. Barrington repays me.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I cannot repay you the debt I owe you, Derrington.
"Princess Zara" by Ross Beeckman
His surprise was very great when I told him that I wished to repay the money I had borrowed.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
Our friends at home will repay him.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
But it is the inside that will chiefly repay you for your trouble.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
This subject will repay a moment's further attention.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
For one moment she was determined to speak out, to repay Mrs. Liddell's insolence in kind.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He who, in the act of giving, has thoughts about repayment, deserves to be deceived.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Though I am sure he has: how else would he undertake to repay me in a few days?
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
Lend me only twenty pounds, and within twelve months I will repay you one hundred.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
Gertrudis, there is no love that could repay such a sacrifice!
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
You say that land so poor that the product will not repay the labor of tilling is not cultivated.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
All you could gain would but ill repay you for the loss of health; and you are not very strong, dear.
"The Orphans of Glen Elder" by Margaret Murray Robertson
I'll repay it somehow, in the course of years.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley

In poetry:

"Saragossa hath respected
His false creed; a man of sorrows,
He hath walked secure among us,
And his art repays our sufferance."
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
"Poor are the words, and weak the strain,
His boundless mercy to repay,
But I shall raise my song again,
With higher powers, in brighter day."
"The Last Day" by James Edmeston
True love doth love in turn beget,
And now these bells repay the debt;
Whene'er they sound, their music tells
Of him who sang sweet Shandon bells!
"Those Shadon Bells" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Now that the April of your youth adorns The garden of your face;
Now that for you each knowing lover mourns,
And all seek to your grace;
Do nor repay affection with scorns.
"Ditty In Imitation of the Spanish Entre Tanto Que L'Avril" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Ah me! — how loud is vice's yelling noise,
Dinning the Godheads ears both night and day!
No respite knows her never-ceasing voice,
'Till God with vengeance shall her crimes repay!
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
This tree, this fine old tree!
Must needs be trimm'd this year,
Its fruits, deliciously,
Will then again appear,
And well repay the labour lent—
Besides the time we've on it spent.
"The Tree" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

The bank Michael Corbat will take over made its first mark helping the US government repay its debts after the War of 1812.
NEW YORK (AP) — The bank Michael Corbat will take over made its first mark helping the US government repay its debts after the War of 1812.
79-year-old receives suspended sentence after repaying victim.
ING brokers new deal with EU regulators on repaying state aid, selling insurance arm.
ING Groep NV has agreed a deal with European regulators on when it will repay the remaining (EURO)3 billion ($3.8 billion) it still owes in state aid.
AMSTERDAM—ING Groep NV has agreed a deal with European regulators on when it will repay the remaining (EURO)3 billion ($3.8 billion) it still owes in state aid.
Point Township is off the hook for grant repayment.
For many recent graduates, it's also a far less exciting season: time to start repaying student loans.
One woman trusted him so much, she says she loaned him money, but she says Ocho Cinco wouldn't repay it.
Government wants airlines to repay fee after losing bag.
So, I read that in the aftermath of Bank of America getting approved to repay TARP, Citigroup is gunning to do the same.
Ordinance would set loan, repayment limits.
Crosby would first need to repay his insurance payout .
He applied to the Public Service Loan Repayment Program, through which he agreed to work for the government—he's at the Federal Correctional Complex in Lompoc, Calif.—for 10 years.
Use this calculator to see what it will take to pay off your credit card balance, and what you can change to meet your repayment goals.

In science:

Nevertheless, these models may also repay close attention.
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
Caretakers do not have the mindset to invest on PWDs as they think are not going to repay them.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
One of the more important ways through which X-ray astronomy can repay its debt to fundamental physics is to determine the equation of state of cold nuclear matter at supranuclear density [Tsuruta, Weisskopf ].
New Problems for a New Century
While very expensive to simulate, they appear to more than repay their computational cost with better scaling behavior.
Tests of Hypercubic Fermion Actions
The doubling debt scenario involves a debt which is doubled if the borrower must admit that he will not repay the principal sum at the agreed time of maturity.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
By definition, (1 + i) is the contractual repayment at the end of the period per unit of loan and (1−P ) is the probability of full repayment.
The European debt crisis: Defaults and market equilibrium
Ford and Roman [12,13] describe this by way of a financial metaphor: negative portions of ρψ (t) are described as a loan, and positive portions as repayments.
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
The Quantum Interest Conjecture of Ford and Roman [12,13] asserts that this is a general phenomenon: quantum ‘loans’ must be repaid at a positive rate of interest; moreover, there is a maximum allowed delay between the loan and the repayments.
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
Negative energy loans become potential wells; repayments become potential barriers.
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
In Sect. V, we discuss candidate energy densities consisting of isolated δ -function pulses in two dimensions and obtain sharp bounds on the maximal separation between a δ -function loan and repayments (which need not be of δ -function form).
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
For the case where the repayment is also a δ -function pulse, we also determine the minimum quantum interest rate, thereby sharpening the bounds obtained by Ford and Roman .
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
We show that the quantum interest rate becomes unboundedly large as the delay between loan and repayment approaches its maximal (finite) value.
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
By solving the appropriate eigenvalue problems we will obtain maximal pulse separations for such a loan, and the minimum quantum interest rates applying to different forms of the repayment.
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
Accordingly, this energy density must be counterbalanced by later repayments or earlier ‘deposits’ and we may ask how far these positive energy contributions may be separated from it.
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems
The second case is more pertinent to the results of , where it was shown that repayments must begin before TFR = π/(24B ) ≈ 0.131/B .
Quantum inequalities and `quantum interest' as eigenvalue problems