from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give back, especially money; return or repay: refunded the purchase price.
  • intransitive v. To make repayment.
  • n. A repayment of funds.
  • n. An amount repaid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To return (money) to (someone).
  • v. To supply again with funds; to reimburse.
  • v. To pour back.
  • n. An amount of money returned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To fund again or anew; to replace (a fund or loan) by a new fund.
  • transitive v. To pour back.
  • transitive v. To give back; to repay; to restore.
  • transitive v. To supply again with funds; to reimburse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pour back.
  • To return in payment or compensation for what has been taken; repay; restore.
  • To resupply with funds; reimburse; indemnify.
  • To fund again or anew, as a public debt.
  • n. Repayment; return of money.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of returning money received previously
  • n. money returned to a payer
  • v. pay back


Middle English refunden, from Old French refunder, from Latin refundere : re-, re- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin refundere; prefix re- re- + fundere to pour: compare French refondre, refonder. See fuse to melt, and compare refound to cast again, and refuse. (Wiktionary)


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  • Contronymic in the sense: put funds in vs. give funds back.

    January 27, 2007