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[ri-myoo-nuh-reyt] /rɪˈmyu nəˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), remunerated, remunerating.
to pay, recompense, or reward for work, trouble, etc.
to yield a recompense for (work, services, etc.).
Origin of remunerate
1515-25; < Latin remūnerātus (past participle of remūnerāri to repay, reward), equivalent to re- re- + mūner(āre) to give, be-stow (derivative of mūner-, stem of mūnus gift, duty) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
remunerable, adjective
remunerability, noun
remunerably, adverb
remunerator, noun
preremunerate, verb (used with object), preremunerated, preremunerating.
unremunerated, adjective
Can be confused
remunerate, renumerate.
1. reimburse, requite, compensate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for remunerate
  • It is not only a question of creating new jobs, but also to remunerate adequately the human capital.
  • In some way the time they seem to lose is redeemed and the pains they seem to take remunerate themselves.
  • There would not have been enough special cases to occupy or remunerate him if he had coveted it.
  • Although lawyers complied with government requests to provide counsel, the government generally did not remunerate them.
  • Funding was also used to remunerate teachers for in-service extended days.
  • Business deducts from its revenue the sums necessary to remunerate its production factors.
British Dictionary definitions for remunerate


(transitive) to reward or pay for work, service, etc
Derived Forms
remunerability, noun
remunerable, adjective
remunerator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin remūnerārī to reward, from re- + mūnerāre to give, from mūnus a gift; see munificent
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Word Origin and History for remunerate

1520s, "pay for work or services," back-formation from remuneration or else from Latin remuneratus, past participle of remunerari (later remunerare) "repay, reward" (see remuneration). Related: Remunerated; remunerating.

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