reimburse

verb

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

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
reimbursable adjective
reimbursement noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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, 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 Non-employees, meanwhile, were guaranteed a job interview after completing the course and those hired would have their tuition reimbursed six months after their start date. Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services determines a formula by which physicians are reimbursed by Medicare — but this formula doesn’t take inflation into account. Paul Berggreen, STAT, 15 Feb. 2024 The Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse the counties for 75 percent of the repair costs. arkansasonline.com, 14 Feb. 2024 A couple other groups also were reimbursed during that time. Stephen Hobbs, Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024 For years, drugmakers paid rebates to Medicaid and states, which then would reimburse drug companies for their medications dispensed to Medicaid enrollees. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 Patient navigators a ‘game changer’ for cancer patients Knudsen was quick, however, to laud what many say is one of the Cancer Moonshot’s crowning achievements: putting in place billing codes that health insurers, including Medicare, can use to get reimbursed for patient navigation services. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 4 Feb. 2024 Publicis added that the company’s insurers are reimbursing it for $130 million and that $7 million of the settlement amount will be used for states’ legal fees. Geoff Mulvihill, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2024 The House reimbursed Plocher for the flight the same month, expense records show. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

1511, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reimburse was in 1511

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Cite this Entry

“Reimburse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reimburse. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

reimburse

verb
re·​im·​burse ˌrē-əm-ˈbərs How to pronounce reimburse (audio)
reimbursed; reimbursing
: to pay back : repay
reimburse travel expenses
reimbursable adjective
reimbursement noun
Etymology

from re- "again, back" and obsolete imburse "pay, put in the pocket," from Latin imbursare (same meaning), from earlier in- "in" and bursa "purse, small leather bag" — related to disburse, purse

Legal Definition

reimburse

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

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