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.

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

Synonyms for reimburse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of reimburse

  • He ordered his secretary to reimburse the fees and will issue a correction to his political funds reports.

  • Nelson told Politico that he has already returned $500,000 to the group—and said he may reimburse it for more.

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    Ben Nelson Reimburses DSCC

    Caitlin Dickson

    March 14, 2012

  • She promised to increase taxes on poor people and said Iraq should reimburse the United States for the cost of “liberating” it.

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    Bachmann: The Comeback Kid

    Michelle Goldberg

    October 19, 2011

  • CBS has agreed to reimburse the EPA for cleanup at Lemon Lane, the Bennett Stone Quarry, and Neal's Landfill.

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    Our Most Polluted States

    The Daily Beast

    May 19, 2010

  • The full battery of tests to get a diagnosis costs about $2,000, which insurance companies often do not reimburse.

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    The Overmedicated Myth

    Hannah Seligson

    March 2, 2010

Historical Examples of reimburse

British Dictionary definitions for reimburse



(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper