from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To repay (money spent); refund.
- transitive v. To pay back or compensate (another party) for money spent or losses incurred.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To compensate with payment; especially, to repay money spent on one's behalf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To make restoration or payment of an equivalent to (a person); to pay back to; to indemnify; -- often reflexive.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
- v. pay back for some expense incurred
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)
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)