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[ree-im-burs] /ˌri ɪmˈbɜrs/
verb (used with object), reimbursed, reimbursing.
to make repayment to for expense or loss incurred:
The insurance company reimbursed him for his losses in the fire.
to pay back; refund; repay.
Origin of reimburse
1605-15; re- + obsolete imburse to put into a purse, pay < Medieval Latin imbursāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + Medieval Latin -bursāre, derivative of bursa purse, bag
Related forms
reimbursable, adjective
reimbursement, noun
reimburser, noun
nonreimbursed, adjective
nonreimbursement, noun
unreimbursable, adjective
unreimbursed, adjective
1. recompense, remunerate, indemnify, redress, recoup. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reimburse
  • The program provides support to teaching hospitals to reimburse them.
  • Insurers will not usually reimburse patients for brand-new tests.
  • Yet it took him two days before agreeing to reimburse the state.
  • The moral of the story is do not judge a job by whether they reimburse you for the interview expenses.
  • Naturally, you have to reimburse him for the subscription fees, plus his service fee.
  • Nor will it help to reimburse cheated investors from the budget.
  • Ford has already said that it will reimburse buyers if it reduces the prices of its cars later in the year.
  • The voucher will also help reimburse the employer for any retraining costs.
  • And it has pushed employers to reimburse non-regular workers' transport costs.
  • They serve only to calm jitters now, not actually reimburse in the future.
British Dictionary definitions for reimburse


(transitive) to repay or compensate (someone) for (money already spent, losses, damages, etc): your fare will be reimbursed after your interview
Derived Forms
reimbursable, adjective
reimbursement, noun
reimburser, noun
Word Origin
C17: from re- + imburse, from Medieval Latin imbursāre to put in a moneybag, from bursapurse
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Word Origin and History for reimburse

1610s, from re- "back" + imburse "to pay, enrich," literally "put in a purse" (c.1530), from Middle French embourser, from Old French em- "in" + borser "to get money," from borse "purse," from Medieval Latin bursa (see purse (n.)). Related: Reimbursed; reimbursing.

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