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

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 Head and others also required customers to pay more than $23,000 in spaying or neutering fees, claiming the business would reimburse those adopting the pets once the procedures were completed. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Under the initiative, Medicare enrollees can receive up to eight home tests a month at no cost from participating pharmacies and providers, which Medicare will reimburse directly. Tami Luhby, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Seshamani said Medicare will reimburse pharmacies up to $12 for each COVID test, or $24 for a two-test kit. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 Millennia will reimburse the city in full once the company closes a deal for the sale, restoration, or rebuild of the property, the spokesman said. Wilborn Nobles, ajc, 1 Apr. 2022 The district will be required to pay 15% for late payments and reimburse penalties or late fees associated with bank overdrafts or non-payment on credit cards or mortgages. Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2022 That could stall efforts to help the Biden administration pay for vaccines, buy COVID treatments and reimburse doctors who care for uninsured COVID patients, among other services. Alyssa Lukpat,, 22 Mar. 2022 Public option plans reimburse providers at a rate that's just slightly higher than Medicare's. Sally Pipes, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Southwest will front funding the expansion, although the city will reimburse the airline for the cost through rent paid by carriers that use the seventh general-use gate. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Reimburse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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


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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