v. re·paid (-pād), re·pay·ing, re·pays
1. To pay back: repaid a debt.
2. To give back, either in return or in compensation: repay kindness with kindness.
3. To make a return or compensation for: a company that repays hard work with bonuses.
4. To make or do in return: repay a call.
To make repayment or requital.
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