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[ree-im-burs] /ˌri ɪmˈbɜrs/
verb (used with object), reimbursed, reimbursing.
to make repayment to for expense or loss incurred:
The insurance company reimbursed him for his losses in the fire.
to pay back; refund; repay.
Origin of reimburse
1605-15; re- + obsolete imburse to put into a purse, pay < Medieval Latin imbursāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + Medieval Latin -bursāre, derivative of bursa purse, bag
Related forms
reimbursable, adjective
reimbursement, noun
reimburser, noun
nonreimbursed, adjective
nonreimbursement, noun
unreimbursable, adjective
unreimbursed, adjective
1. recompense, remunerate, indemnify, redress, recoup. Unabridged
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(transitive) to repay or compensate (someone) for (money already spent, losses, damages, etc): your fare will be reimbursed after your interview
Derived Forms
reimbursable, adjective
reimbursement, noun
reimburser, noun
Word Origin
C17: from re- + imburse, from Medieval Latin imbursāre to put in a moneybag, from bursapurse
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Word Origin and History for reimburse

1610s, from re- "back" + imburse "to pay, enrich," literally "put in a purse" (c.1530), from Middle French embourser, from Old French em- "in" + borser "to get money," from borse "purse," from Medieval Latin bursa (see purse (n.)). Related: Reimbursed; reimbursing.

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