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verb re·im·burse \ˌrē-əm-ˈbərs\

Simple Definition of reimburse

  • : to pay someone an amount of money equal to an amount that person has spent

Full Definition of reimburse


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pay back to someone :  repay <reimburse travel expenses>

  3. 2 :  to make restoration or payment of an equivalent to <reimburse him for his traveling expenses>

re·im·burs·able play \-ˈbər-sə-bəl\ adjective
re·im·burse·ment play \-ˈbərs-mənt\ noun

Examples of reimburse

  1. <make sure you keep your receipts so we can reimburse you for your expenses>

Origin of reimburse

re- + obsolete English imburse to put in the pocket, pay, from Medieval Latin imbursare, from Latin in- in- + Medieval Latin bursa purse — more at purse

First Known Use: circa 1611

Synonym Discussion of reimburse

pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred <paid their bills>. compensate implies a making up for services rendered <an attorney well compensated for her services>. remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for <promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely>. satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law <all creditors will be satisfied in full>. reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit <reimbursed employees for expenses>. indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, or warfare <indemnified the families of the dead miners>. repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount <repay a favor with a favor>. recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward <passengers were recompensed for the delay>.

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