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verb (used with object), re·mu·ner·at·ed, re·mu·ner·at·ing.
  1. to pay, recompense, or reward for work, trouble, etc.
  2. to yield a recompense for (work, services, etc.).
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Origin of remunerate

1515–25; < Latin remūnerātus (past participle of remūnerāri to repay, reward), equivalent to re- re- + mūner(āre) to give, be-stow (derivative of mūner-, stem of mūnus gift, duty) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsre·mu·ner·a·ble, adjectivere·mu·ner·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·mu·ner·a·bly, adverbre·mu·ner·a·tor, nounpre·re·mu·ner·ate, verb (used with object), pre·re·mu·ner·at·ed, pre·re·mu·ner·at·ing.un·re·mu·ner·at·ed, adjective
Can be confusedremunerate renumerate

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Related Words for remunerate

vouchsafe, accord, indemnify, grant, reimburse, award, repay, redress, recompense, pay, requite, post, guerdon

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Historical Examples of remunerate

  • You may say in return, sir, that the sum named will remunerate me.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,

    George Alfred Townsend

  • I could not have the face to ask Mr. Darrell to remunerate me for my own imprudence.

  • I opposed it, because we had not the wherewith to remunerate him.

    The Miraculous Medal

    Jean Marie Aladel

  • He will turn up one of these days; and then you can remunerate him handsomely.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4

    George W. M. Reynolds

  • The population amidst which they live cannot afford to remunerate their talents.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for remunerate


  1. (tr) to reward or pay for work, service, etc
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Derived Formsremunerability, nounremunerable, adjectiveremunerator, noun

Word Origin for remunerate

C16: from Latin remūnerārī to reward, from re- + mūnerāre to give, from mūnus a gift; see munificent
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Word Origin and History for remunerate


1520s, "pay for work or services," back-formation from remuneration or else from Latin remuneratus, past participle of remunerari (later remunerare) "repay, reward" (see remuneration). Related: Remunerated; remunerating.

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