Etymology
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reimburse (v.)

"replace, in a treasury, fund, etc., as an equivalent for what has been taken or expended," 1610s, from re- "back" + now-archaic verb imburse "to pay, enrich," literally "put in a purse" (1530s), from French embourser, from Old French em- "in" (see em-) + borser "to get money," from borse "purse," from Medieval Latin bursa (see purse (n.)). Related: Reimbursed; reimbursing; reimbursable.

updated on June 21, 2021

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Definitions of reimburse from WordNet

reimburse (v.)
pay back for some expense incurred;
Can the company reimburse me for my professional travel?
reimburse (v.)
reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss;
Synonyms: recoup
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