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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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 The agency will reimburse Elmore County for Davis' grocery runs. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 4 Oct. 2021 That’s the colloquial name for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a federal system set up to reimburse people who are harmed by the routine childhood immunizations that are required for school entry. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Jeremy Murchland, president of Seven Corners, a travel insurance company, says some policies reimburse you for up to 75 percent of your prepaid nonrefundable expenses, but many have lowered that percentage. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Refugees are expected to reimburse the government for their flight to the U.S. Ben Fox And Jamie Stengle, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2021 By law, the suit alleges, insurance companies are supposed to reimburse the government for those medical bills. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2021 Both forces were crushed by the emergency needs in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection, each relying on Congress to reimburse them in the months after the attack. Trish Turner, ABC News, 29 July 2021 Two former employees told the newspaper that DeJoy would later give bigger bonuses to reimburse for the contributions. Eric Tucker,, 3 June 2021 That probe led to a three-year prison term for Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who had urged the publisher to obtain the rights to McDougal's story and promised to reimburse them for the payment., 2 June 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reimburse

: to pay someone an amount of money equal to an amount that person has spent


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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