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refund

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verb re·fund \ri-ˈfənd, ˈrē-ˌ\

Definition of refund

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give or put back

  3. 2 :  to return (money) in restitution, repayment, or balancing of accounts

re·fund·abil·i·ty play \ri-ˌfən-də-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)rē-\ noun
re·fund·able play \-ˈfən-də-bəl\ adjective


Origin of refund

Middle English refounden, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French refunder, from Latin refundere, literally, to pour back, from re- + fundere to pour — more at found


First Known Use: 15th century


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refund

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noun re·fund \ˈrē-ˌfənd\

Simple Definition of refund

  • : an amount of money that is given back to someone who has returned a product, paid too much, etc.

Full Definition of refund

  1. 1 :  the act of refunding

  2. 2 :  a sum refunded

Examples of refund

  1. No refunds or exchanges are allowed.



1866

First Known Use of refund

1866


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refund

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verb re·fund \(ˌ)rē-ˈfənd\

Definition of refund

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to fund again



Origin of refund

re- + 2fund


First Known Use: circa 1860



REFUND Defined for Kids

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refund

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verb re·fund \ri-ˈfənd\

Definition of refund

re·fund·edre·fund·ing

  1. :  to return (money) as repayment <If you are not satisfied the purchase price will be refunded.>



Word Root of refund

The Latin word fundere, meaning “to pour,” and its form fūsus give us the roots fund and fus. Words from the Latin fundere have something to do with pouring. To refund is to pour someone's money back to her or him. Confusion exists when too many things are poured together so that they become uncertain and unclear. A profusion is a great quantity that seems to have been poured forth from a plentiful supply.


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refund

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noun re·fund \ˈrē-ˌfənd\

Definition of refund

  1. :  an amount of money that is returned as repayment





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