Definition of repo in English:


Syllabification: re·po
Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌpō
North American informal

noun (plural repos)

  • 1 another term for repurchase agreement.
    [ 1960s: abbreviation]
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    • It is Wall Street that is behind the enormous expansion of commercial paper, repos, and other money market instruments.
    • When the Federal Reserve temporarily supplies these funds to the market by buying securities from dealers with a commitment to resell, the transaction is called a repo, (repurchase agreement).
    • A repo is a repurchase agreement which allows an investor to buy and sell the bonds back at convenience while a pledge is the use of government bonds as collateral to borrow money.
  • 2A car or other item that has been repossessed.

verb (repo's, repo'ing, repo'd)

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  • Repossess (a car or other item) when a buyer defaults on payments.
    [ 1970s: abbreviation]
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    • Operator: ‘It says here you're in arrears on your car payments, so your car got repo'd.’
    • His brother's wife was working, part time, as a waitress (before their only mode of transportation was repo'd.)
    • Homes, furniture, entertainment units all over town were being repo'd every day; even life on the installment plan wasn't cutting it in the low-cost Mojave Desert.

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