re·​mu·​ner·​ate | \ ri-ˈmyü-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce remunerate (audio) \
remunerated; remunerating

Definition of remunerate

transitive verb

1 : to pay an equivalent for their services were generously remunerated
2 : to pay an equivalent to for a service, loss, or expense : recompense

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remunerator \ ri-​ˈmyü-​nə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce remunerate (audio) \ noun
remuneratory \ ri-​ˈmyü-​nə-​rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce remunerate (audio) \ adjective

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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 remunerate in a Sentence

promptly remunerated the repair company for fixing the dryer the negligent landlord must remunerate those made homeless by the fire by finding new housing for them at his own expense
Recent Examples on the Web Conservative Black commentator Vince Ellison says the Black community would be foolish to expect progressive Democrats to remunerate them for slavery. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Reparations is a nonstarter in Congress. Not in this Southern city.," 5 Aug. 2020 The French antitrust agency gave the Alphabet Inc. unit three months to thrash out deals with press publishers and agencies demanding talks on how to remunerate them for displaying their content. Gaspard Sebag,, "Google Ordered to Pay for News in French Antitrust Crackdown," 7 May 2020 The French antitrust agency gave the Alphabet Inc. unit three months to thrash out deals with press publishers and agencies demanding talks on how to remunerate them for displaying their content., "JetBlue suspending flights from Worcester, Providence," 10 Apr. 2020 Committing to a substantial cash prize for a successful coronavirus vaccine will boost confidence among firms that their research efforts will be remunerated. Daniel Hemel, Time, "Want a Coronavirus Vaccine, Fast? Here's a Solution," 4 Mar. 2020 Despite many hours spent on layover or sitting on the tarmac, flight attendants are only remunerated when the plane doors are shut. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "“A lot of us are suffering”: The dark side of the flight attendant lifestyle," 27 Feb. 2020 Tens of thousands of people shouting, demanding that these players, the best at their job in the world, be remunerated appropriately for their efforts and talents. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "America Deserves to Be Shamed by the U.S. Women's Soccer Team," 8 July 2019 Doctors would be remunerated at current Medicare rates, which in some cases are only half of what private insurers pay. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Elizabeth Warren Doubles Down on Medicare for All," 2 Nov. 2019 To date, the 737 Max groundings are estimated to have cost Boeing around $8 billion, mainly due to remunerating airlines for a 72% fall in deliveries during the year. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "737 Max Crashes Raised Questions About Boeing’s Culture. Soon Its CEO Will Have to Answer Them," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of remunerate

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remunerate

Latin remuneratus, past participle of remunerare to recompense, from re- + munerare to give, from muner-, munus gift — more at mean

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“Remunerate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of remunerate

formal : to pay someone for work that has been done

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