[ verb ri-fuhnd, ree-fuhnd; noun ree-fuhnd ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give back or restore (especially money); repay.

  2. to make repayment to; reimburse.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make repayment.

  1. an act or instance of refunding.

  2. an amount refunded.

Origin of refund

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English verb refunden “to export, transmit,” from Old French refonder, refunder “to reimburse” and Latin refundere “to pour back,” equivalent to re- re- + fundere “to pour”; see found3

Other words from refund

  • re·fund·a·ble, adjective
  • re·fund·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • re·fund·er, noun
  • re·fund·ment, noun
  • non·re·fund·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·re·fund·a·ble, adjective
  • un·re·fund·a·ble, adjective

Words Nearby refund

Other definitions for refund (2 of 2)

[ ree-fuhnd ]

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

  2. Finance.

    • to meet (a matured debt structure) by new borrowing, especially through issuance of bonds.

    • 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. 2023

How to use refund in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for refund (1 of 2)


verb(rɪˈfʌnd) (tr)
  1. to give back (money), as when an article purchased is unsatisfactory

  2. to reimburse (a person)

  1. return of money to a purchaser or the amount so returned

Origin of refund

C14: from Latin refundere to pour back, from re- + fundere to pour

Derived forms of refund

  • refundable, adjective
  • refunder, noun

British Dictionary definitions for re-fund (2 of 2)


/ (riːˈfʌnd) /

verb(tr) finance
  1. to discharge (an old or matured debt) by new borrowing, as by a new bond issue

  2. to replace (an existing bond issue) with a new one

Origin of re-fund

C20: from re- + fund

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