refund 1 [ verb ri- fuhnd, ree-fuhnd; noun ree-fuhnd] Word Origin to give back or restore (especially money); repay. to make repayment to; reimburse. verb (used without object) to make repayment. an act or instance of refunding. an amount refunded. Origin of refund 1 1350–1400; Middle English refunden
to pour back, equivalent to
to pour; see
found 3 Related forms re·fund·a·ble, adjective re·fund·a·bil·i·ty, noun re·fund·er, noun re·fund·ment, noun non·re·fund·a·bil·i·ty, noun non·re·fund·a·ble, adjective un·re·fund·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unrefundable to give back (money), as when an article purchased is unsatisfactory to reimburse (a person) return of money to a purchaser or the amount so returned Derived Forms refundable, adjective refunder, noun Word Origin for refund
C14: from Latin
refundere to pour back, from re- + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for unrefundable refund v.
"to give back, restore," early 15c. (earlier "to pour back," late 14c.), from Old French
refunder "restore" and directly from Latin refundere "give back, restore, return," literally "pour back, flow back," from re- "back" (see re-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Specifically of money from 1550s. Related: Refunded; refunding. refund n.
"a return of money paid," 1782, from
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