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[verb ri-fuhnd, ree-fuhnd; noun ree-fuhnd] /verb rɪˈfʌnd, ˈri fʌnd; noun ˈri fʌnd/
verb (used with object)
to give back or restore (especially money); repay.
to make repayment to; reimburse.
verb (used without object)
to make repayment.
an act or instance of refunding.
an amount refunded.
Origin of refund1
1350-1400; Middle English refunden (v.) < Latin refundere to pour back, equivalent to re- re- + fundere to pour; see found3
Related forms
refundable, adjective
refundability, noun
refunder, noun
refundment, noun
nonrefundability, noun
nonrefundable, adjective
unrefundable, adjective


[ree-fuhnd] /riˈfʌnd/
verb (used with object)
to fund anew.
  1. to meet (a matured debt structure) by new borrowing, especially through issuance of bonds.
  2. to replace (an old issue) with a new one.
1855-60; re- + fund Unabridged
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  • In case of the death of one of the affiancd parties, the payments made must be refunded.

    The Manbos of Mindano John M. Garvan
  • And if the cat fall short in any of these particulars, a third of her price had to be refunded.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • If a factor advances money on property intrusted to him, he can hold it until the money shall be refunded, and all charges paid.

    The Government Class Book Andrew W. Young
  • It is but just to state that when this fact was discovered, by the committee the money was refunded.

  • Assistant-Surgeon Pope then refunded the year's pay and mileage and drew pay for continuous service.

  • But even after so much had been recovered, the residue to be refunded was appalling.

    Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2) Robert Montgomery Bird
  • If the Reaper failed to fulfil these promises, it was to be brought back and the $30 was to be refunded.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick Herbert Newton Casson
  • The day had come when the bond fell due and the money had to be refunded.

    Romances of Old Japan Yei Theodora Ozaki
  • The amount of the "bride price" might, however, be refunded to the young couple to give them a start in life.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for refunded


verb (transitive) (rɪˈfʌnd)
to give back (money), as when an article purchased is unsatisfactory
to reimburse (a person)
noun (ˈriːˌfʌnd)
return of money to a purchaser or the amount so returned
Derived Forms
refundable, adjective
refunder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin refundere to pour back, from re- + fundere to pour
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for refunded



"to give back, restore," early 15c. (earlier "to pour back," late 14c.), from Old French refunder "restore" and directly from Latin refundere "give back, restore, return," literally "pour back, flow back," from re- "back" (see re-) + fundere "to pour" (see found (v.2)). Specifically of money from 1550s. Related: Refunded; refunding.


"a return of money paid," 1782, from refund (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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