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

Synonyms for reimburse

Synonyms

refund, repay

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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

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The construction company would pay the bribe, and Cognizant would later reimburse the firm through disguised cost overruns on the project, located in Chennai, India, prosecutors said. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Two Former Cognizant Executives Charged in Bribery Probe," 15 Feb. 2019 The suit asks that Target turn over its profits from the shoes, stop making them, reimburse Vans for attorney fees, and pay punitive damages. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 The closure cost the Royal Collection £40,000 in admissions, which the Queen reimbursed out of her own accounts, according to The Sun. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Gift to Princess Eugenie," 6 Oct. 2018 While transportation projects aren’t expected to be delayed, the shutdown will hamper the Washington State Department of Transportation’s ability to get reimbursed for ongoing expenses. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Bald-eagle watching canceled, TSA employees at Sea-Tac Airport working on delayed pay. Federal government closure hits Washington," 24 Dec. 2018 In May, Giuliani initially told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that Trump had reimbursed Cohen for the payment to Daniels. Samuel Chamberlain, Adam Shaw, John Roberts, Fox News, "Michael Cohen admits violating campaign finance laws in plea deal, agrees to 3-5 year sentence," 22 Aug. 2018 Sometimes the cash coming home isn’t enough to make up for the intense workload and erratic hours (especially true for providers who accept Medicaid, which generally reimburses doctors at rates much lower than private insurance companies). Barbara Brody, Glamour, "The Ob-Gyn Shortage Is Real—And It Might Impact Your Care," 14 Nov. 2018 Rudy Giuliani insisted Trump did nothing wrong, and the payment, which would have reimbursed the National Enquirer for buying McDougal's silence, was never made. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 And because most insurers don’t reimburse for phone calls, patients who call with questions that could easily be answered by phone are often told to schedule reimbursable office visits. Robert H. Frank, New York Times, "Would a Single-Payer System Require Painful Sacrifices From Doctors?," 8 June 2018

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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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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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