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[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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make repayment.
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  1. an act or instance of refunding.
  2. an amount refunded.
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Origin of refund1

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.
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Origin of refund2

First recorded in 1855–60; re- + fund
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verb (rɪˈfʌnd) (tr)
  1. to give back (money), as when an article purchased is unsatisfactory
  2. to reimburse (a person)
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noun (ˈriːˌfʌnd)
  1. return of money to a purchaser or the amount so returned
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Derived Formsrefundable, adjectiverefunder, noun

Word Origin

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

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

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