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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.
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 reimbursed
  • To top it off, they never reimbursed me for my expenses.
  • If you're being reimbursed, it's not costing you anything.
  • Students will be reimbursed in full, and the university has said it will give emergency loans to those who need them.
  • What is more, they are travelling on their own dime, hoping they will be reimbursed when the shutdown ends.
  • He owns an interest in the chopper and gets reimbursed when he uses it for business.
  • It is unclear whether consumers will be reimbursed for all or a portion of their purchase price.
  • But the utility has never reimbursed anyone for costs or losses due to outages.
  • If you go out of network, for example to a specialist, you will probably not be reimbursed.
  • He was docked a week's worth of accrued time and reimbursed the agency for his phone calls.
  • Rental cars will be reimbursed only when absolutely necessary, ie, when public transportation is not available.
British Dictionary definitions for reimbursed


(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 reimbursed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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