Meaning of “repay” in the English Dictionary

"repay" in British English

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repayverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈpeɪ/ us /rɪˈpeɪ/ repaid, repaid

B2 to pay back or to reward someone or something:

He had to sell his car to repay the bank loan.
She repaid the loan to her mother.
[ + two objects ] She repaid her mother the loan.
How can I ever repay you for all your kindness?

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  • The loan must be repaid within a specified period.
  • They've threatened to harm him if he doesn't repay the money.
  • He said he'd repay the money the next day, and true to his word , he gave it all back to me the following morning.
  • What are you able to provide as a surety that you will repay the loan?
  • Thank you so much for your help - I hope one day I'll be able to repay the compliment.

(Definition of “repay” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"repay" in American English

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repayverb [ T ]

us /rɪˈpeɪ/ past tense and past participle repaid /rɪˈpeɪd/

to pay someone money that was borrowed, or to reward (someone):

How can I ever repay you for your kindness?
noun [ C/U ] us /riˈpeɪ·mənt/

[ U ] They expect repayment of the loan over three years.

(Definition of “repay” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"repay" in Business English

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repayverb [ T ]

uk /ˌriːˈpeɪ/ us repaying, repaid, repaid

FINANCE, BANKING to pay back money that you have borrowed:

repay a loan/debt/mortgage Students generally have 10 years to repay their loans.
We were told we would have to repay $32 a month.
Investors should be aware that any tax they save in year one has to be repaid in full.

(Definition of “repay” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)