American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To repay (money spent); refund.
- v. To pay back or compensate (another party) for money spent or losses incurred.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To replace in a purse, treasury, or fund, as an equivalent for what has been taken, expended, or lost; pay back; restore; refund: as, to reimburse the expenses of a war.
- To pay back to; repay to; indemnify.
- Synonyms Remunerate, Recompense, etc. See indemnify.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To replace in a treasury or purse, as an equivalent for what has been taken, lost, or expended; to refund; to pay back; to restore.
- v. To make restoration or payment of an equivalent to (a person); to pay back to; to indemnify; -- often reflexive.
- v. reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
- v. pay back for some expense incurred
- 1610s, re- (“back”) + imburse (“pay”) (imburse (literally "put in a purse"), circa 1530, now obsolete), from Middle French embourser, from Old French in + borser ("to get money"), from borse ("purse"), from Medieval Latin bursa (English purse). (Wiktionary)
- re- + imburse, to put in a purse, pay (from French embourser, from Old French : en-, in from Latin in-; see in-2 + borser, to get money from borse, purse, from Late Latin bursa, bag; see bursa). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Out of the £2010 Purnell would "reimburse" his ex-fiance, Lucy Walker.”
“She said she thought her campaign would "reimburse" Wade for her share.”
“She said then that the bill was so high because Wade bought several expensive bottles of wine to take home and that she had expected her campaign to "reimburse" Wade for her share of the meal.”
“Bush even said he would "reimburse" churches for the money they put out helping victims of Katrina.”
“On the pretext of compensating those who suffered as a result of the Iraqi invasion, the committee creamed off up to 30% of Iraq's oil revenue to "reimburse" impoverished victims, such as the Kuwaiti Oil Company.”
“Mr Cowen fully backed the call from the Seanad members 'interests committee for Mr Callely to live up to his promise that he would "reimburse" or "repay" any overpayment of his travel expenses.”
“AIG will 'reimburse' the taxpayers up to $165 million for bonuses the company is giving employees.”
“Not only was Nowlin under orders to pay a fine stemming from someone else's actions, but she had been laid off from work and lost her home at the time she was ordered to "reimburse" the county for her son's detention.”
“Hospitals were brought on board by having Medicare "reimburse" them retrospectively for the cost they could claim to have incurred in treating Medicare patients.”
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