reimburse

verb
re·​im·​burse | \ ˌrē-əm-ˈbərs How to pronounce reimburse (audio) \
reimbursed; reimbursing

Definition of reimburse

transitive verb

1 : to pay back to someone : repay reimburse travel expenses
2 : to make restoration or payment of an equivalent to reimburse him for his traveling expenses

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Other Words from reimburse

reimbursable \ ˌrē-​əm-​ˈbər-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce reimburse (audio) \ adjective
reimbursement \ ˌrē-​əm-​ˈbərs-​mənt How to pronounce reimburse (audio) \ noun

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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, 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

Examples of reimburse in a Sentence

make sure you keep your receipts so we can reimburse you for your expenses
Recent Examples on the Web In his recent budget proposal, Gov. Tim Walz included a special $4.2 million item for security during the trial, as well as a $35 million fund to reimburse local law enforcement agencies that may be called upon to quell unrest. New York Times, "Why William Barr Rejected a Plea Deal in the George Floyd Killing," 10 Feb. 2021 The western state also will reimburse Minnesota for the equipment used. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota firefighters return from two-week tour fighting mountainous Oregon fire," 7 Oct. 2020 As was the case after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy seven years later, the disaster relief fund, financed by Congress, had the federal government reimburse families for funeral costs. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Stimulus includes $2 billion for funerals of COVID-19 victims. Will families get money?," 22 Dec. 2020 Salgado got the money back but lost her bid to have the government reimburse her attorney’s fees. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida leads nation with $266 million in property seizures by law enforcement, study finds," 18 Dec. 2020 The city is set to reimburse the Shodeen Family Foundation half of the $273,400 cost of the public session and entitlement process since a preferred concept was not approved by the City Council. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, "Future of former Mill Race Inn site in Geneva up in the air after residential development rejected," 10 Dec. 2020 The government plans to reimburse vaccination sites up to $12 billion over the next six to seven months to help cover the cost. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "President Trump to hold White House COVID-19 summit as pressure mounts for FDA vaccine approval," 7 Dec. 2020 If Medicare continues to reimburse virtual visits after the pandemic is over, some fear telemedicine will be pushed on patients who really need to be seen in person. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, "Telemedicine lets you click with your doctor," 18 Nov. 2020 Medicare appears to regularly reimburse Mr. Murphy’s claims, too. Sarah Kliff, New York Times, "These Towns Trusted a Doctor to Set Up Covid Testing. Sample Patient Fee: $1,944.," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of reimburse

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of reimburse was in 1511

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20 Feb 2021

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“Reimburse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reimburse. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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reimburse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of reimburse

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

reimburse

verb
re·​im·​burse | \ ˌrē-əm-ˈbərs How to pronounce reimburse (audio) \
reimbursed; reimbursing

Kids Definition of reimburse

: to pay back : repay

Other Words from reimburse

reimbursement \ -​mənt \ noun

reimburse

transitive verb
re·​im·​burse | \ ˌrē-əm-ˈbərs How to pronounce reimburse (audio) \
reimbursed; reimbursing

Legal Definition of reimburse

1 : to pay back (a sum lost or expended) to someone will reimburse the court costs
2 : to make restoration or payment of an equivalent to reimburse the employee for travel expenses

Other Words from reimburse

reimbursement noun

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