Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb repay

4 senses of repay

Sense 1
refund, return, repay, give back -- (pay back; "Please refund me my money")
       => pay -- (give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please")

Sense 2
requite, repay -- (make repayment for or return something)
       => give -- (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care")

Sense 3
reward, repay, pay back -- (act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions)
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

Sense 4
retort, come back, repay, return, riposte, rejoin -- (answer back)
       => answer, reply, respond -- (react verbally; "She didn't want to answer"; "answer the question"; "We answered that we would accept the invitation")

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