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[verb ri-fuhnd, ree-fuhnd; noun ree-fuhnd] /verb rɪˈfʌnd, ˈri fʌnd; noun ˈri fʌnd/
verb (used with object)
to give back or restore (especially money); repay.
to make repayment to; reimburse.
verb (used without object)
to make repayment.
an act or instance of refunding.
an amount refunded.
Origin of refund1
1350-1400; Middle English refunden (v.) < Latin refundere to pour back, equivalent to re- re- + fundere to pour; see found3
Related forms
refundable, adjective
refundability, noun
refunder, noun
refundment, noun
nonrefundability, noun
nonrefundable, adjective
unrefundable, adjective


[ree-fuhnd] /riˈfʌnd/
verb (used with object)
to fund anew.
  1. to meet (a matured debt structure) by new borrowing, especially through issuance of bonds.
  2. to replace (an old issue) with a new one.
First recorded in 1855-60; re- + fund Unabridged
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  • And if the cat fall short in any of these particulars, a third of her price had to be refunded.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • The money could be refunded, and the costs paid—somehow that can all be managed.

  • My outlay, however, was all refunded from this appropriation.

  • It is but just to state that when this fact was discovered, by the committee the money was refunded.

  • It represents now, of course, a remnant of our war debt, not refunded.

    Honest Money Arthur Isaac Fonda
  • But even after so much had been recovered, the residue to be refunded was appalling.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • The day had come when the bond fell due and the money had to be refunded.

    Romances of Old Japan

    Yei Theodora Ozaki
  • They suggested in obscene terms that their money be refunded.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • A few months afterwards he confessed his guilt and refunded the full amount.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
British Dictionary definitions for refunded


verb (transitive) (rɪˈfʌnd)
to give back (money), as when an article purchased is unsatisfactory
to reimburse (a person)
noun (ˈriːˌfʌnd)
return of money to a purchaser or the amount so returned
Derived Forms
refundable, adjective
refunder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin refundere to pour back, from re- + fundere to pour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for refunded



"to give back, restore," early 15c. (earlier "to pour back," late 14c.), from Old French refunder "restore" and directly from Latin refundere "give back, restore, return," literally "pour back, flow back," from re- "back" (see re-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Specifically of money from 1550s. Related: Refunded; refunding.



"a return of money paid," 1782, from refund (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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