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[ri-myoo-nuh-reyt] /rɪˈmyu nəˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), remunerated, remunerating.
to pay, recompense, or reward for work, trouble, etc.
to yield a recompense for (work, services, etc.).
Origin of remunerate
1515-25; < Latin remūnerātus (past participle of remūnerāri to repay, reward), equivalent to re- re- + mūner(āre) to give, be-stow (derivative of mūner-, stem of mūnus gift, duty) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
remunerable, adjective
remunerability, noun
remunerably, adverb
remunerator, noun
preremunerate, verb (used with object), preremunerated, preremunerating.
unremunerated, adjective
Can be confused
remunerate, renumerate.
1. reimburse, requite, compensate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for remunerate
Historical Examples
  • You may say in return, sir, that the sum named will remunerate me.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, George Alfred Townsend
  • I could not have the face to ask Mr. Darrell to remunerate me for my own imprudence.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I opposed it, because we had not the wherewith to remunerate him.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • He will turn up one of these days; and then you can remunerate him handsomely.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • The population amidst which they live cannot afford to remunerate their talents.

    The Human Race Louis Figuier
  • Only a large sale will remunerate; and a large sale is only the result of some kind of merit.

    Here and There in London J. Ewing Ritchie
  • Of course it is but right that you should remunerate us for so doing.

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
  • "No—it is not a few pounds that will do us any good, or remunerate me for my large outlay," said the baronet.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Entreat them to remove the grievous burdens which they have imposed upon you, and to remunerate you for your labor.

    Walker's Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life David Walker and Henry Highland Garnet
  • I feared not; and yet some one must remunerate the young waterman for the considerable loss I had occasioned him.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for remunerate


(transitive) to reward or pay for work, service, etc
Derived Forms
remunerability, noun
remunerable, adjective
remunerator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin remūnerārī to reward, from re- + mūnerāre to give, from mūnus a gift; see munificent
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Word Origin and History for remunerate

1520s, "pay for work or services," back-formation from remuneration or else from Latin remuneratus, past participle of remunerari (later remunerare) "repay, reward" (see remuneration). Related: Remunerated; remunerating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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