[verb ri-fuhnd, ree-fuhnd; noun ree-fuhnd]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make repayment.
  1. an act or instance of refunding.
  2. an amount refunded.

Origin of refund

1350–1400; Middle English refunden (v.) < Latin refundere to pour back, equivalent to re- re- + fundere to pour; see found3
Related formsre·fund·a·ble, adjectivere·fund·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·fund·er, nounre·fund·ment, nounnon·re·fund·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·re·fund·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·fund·a·ble, adjective


verb (used with object)
  1. to fund anew.
  2. Finance.
    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.

Origin of refund

First recorded in 1855–60; re- + fund Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (rɪˈfʌnd) (tr)
  1. to give back (money), as when an article purchased is unsatisfactory
  2. to reimburse (a person)
noun (ˈriːˌfʌnd)
  1. return of money to a purchaser or the amount so returned
Derived Formsrefundable, adjectiverefunder, noun

Word Origin for refund

C14: from Latin refundere to pour back, from re- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for refund

"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.).

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