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 remunerator (audio) \ noun
remuneratory \ ri-​ˈmyü-​nə-​rə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce remuneratory (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 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 Life of a student NCAA athlete involves hard work and should be at least partly remunerated. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Should the NCAA change rules so athletes can profit?," 6 Sep. 2019 But what worried him most was secretive outside payments for presenting a perspective—such as when a cognitive scientist publishes evidence on the beneficial effects of video gaming while secretly being remunerated by a game company. Tom Chivers, Scientific American, "Does psychology have a conflict-of-interest problem?," 20 July 2019 This fabulously remunerated first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles was, as of this writing, hitting .189. Washington Post, "Why limit preposterous understatements to baseball? Imagine the possibilities.," 7 June 2019 The freedoms and rights enjoyed by internet users today will be enhanced, our creators will be better remunerated for their work, and the internet economy will have clearer rules for operating and thriving. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "European Union Agrees to New Copyright Law," 13 Feb. 2019 Employees both on and off the field were remunerated on Friday as the club fulfilled its immediate financial obligations., "Aston Villa's New Management Structure Set to Be Investigated by Football League," 1 July 2018

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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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29 Nov 2019

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“Remunerate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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formal : to pay someone for work that has been done

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