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reimburse

[ree-im-burs]
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verb (used with object), re·im·bursed, re·im·burs·ing.
  1. to make repayment to for expense or loss incurred: The insurance company reimbursed him for his losses in the fire.
  2. to pay back; refund; repay.
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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
Related formsre·im·burs·a·ble, adjectivere·im·burse·ment, nounre·im·burs·er, nounnon·re·im·bursed, adjectivenon·re·im·burse·ment, nounun·re·im·burs·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·im·bursed, adjective

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refundrestoreindemnifypayrepaycompensateoffsetrecoverreturnremuneratesquarerecompenserequitebalance

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reimburse

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

Word Origin

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

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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