reimburse

[ree-im-burs]

verb (used with object), re·im·bursed, re·im·burs·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. reigning,
  2. reignite,
  3. reik,
  4. reik, theodor,
  5. reiki,
  6. reimbursement,
  7. reimplant,
  8. reimplantation,
  9. reimport,
  10. reimpose

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

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British Dictionary definitions for reimburse

reimburse

verb

(tr) to repay or compensate (someone) for (money already spent, losses, damages, etc)your fare will be reimbursed after your interview
Derived Formsreimbursable, adjectivereimbursement, nounreimburser, noun

Word Origin for reimburse

C17: from re- + imburse, from Medieval Latin imbursāre to put in a moneybag, from bursa purse

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Word Origin and History for reimburse

reimburse

v.

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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