refund

verb (1)
re·fund | \ ri-ˈfənd , ˈrē-ˌfənd \
refunded; refunding; refunds

Definition of refund 

(Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give or put back

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

refund

noun
re·fund | \ ˈrē-ˌfənd \

Definition of refund (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the act of refunding

2 : a sum refunded

refund

verb (2)
re·fund | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfənd \
refunded; refunding; refunds

Definition of refund (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to fund again

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Verb (1)

refundability \ri-ˌfən-də-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)rē- \ noun
refundable \ri-ˈfən-də-bəl, (ˌ)rē- \ adjective

Examples of refund in a Sentence

Noun

No refunds or exchanges are allowed.

First Known Use of refund

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for refund

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

re- + fund entry 2

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Phrases Related to refund

full refund

tax refund

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More Definitions for refund

refund

noun

Financial Definition of refund

What It Is

Refund can refer to the amount that the Internal Revenue Service will pay to a taxpayer based an overpayment of estimated tax or employer withholding taxes during the year.

A refund also refers to the procedure where an issuer refinances outstanding bonds by issuing new bonds.

How It Works

During the year, a taxpayer is obligated to make estimated tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service. This may be done directly by the taxpayer or through an arrangement with the taxpayer's employer to pay that tax on his or her behalf. At the end of the year, the taxpayer files his or her tax return to the Internal Revenue Service with exemptions, deductions, and tax credits.  These may reduce the annual tax obligation and the IRS will refund the difference.

With respect to the later definition, a bond issuer may decide to reduce the interest cost or to remove a covenant imposed by the terms of a bond.  By refunding the bonds, the issuer actually issues new bonds and uses the proceeds to repay the debt service or retire the outstanding bonds of the prior issue (i.e. original bond issue being refunded).

Why It Matters

Tax refunds are an important boost for a taxpayer.  By overpaying the IRS, the taxpayer gets a sudden shot of cash; however, it is without interest.  To that end, it is important to elect to designate all eligible exemptions on employer withholdings and to accurately estimate quarterly tax payments to the IRS.

Bond refunding is an important strategy for issuers to use when the terms and conditions of a bond issue become too onerous, especially when market conditions change.  Important to note that refunded bonds are not considered part of the issuer's debt because the lien of the holders on the refunded bonds is on the deposited bond proceeds (i.e. from the refunding), and not on the issuers source of revenues to pay the original bonds.

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refund

noun

English Language Learners Definition of refund

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

refund

verb
re·fund | \ ri-ˈfənd \
refunded; refunding

Kids Definition of refund

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

refund

noun
re·fund | \ ˈrē-ˌfənd \

Kids Definition of refund (Entry 2 of 2)

: an amount of money that is returned as repayment

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