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.).

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

Synonyms for remunerate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (tr) to reward or pay for work, service, etc
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 remunerator



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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