Definition of reimburse in English:



[with object]
  • 1Repay (a person who has spent or lost money)

    ‘the investors should be reimbursed for their losses’
    • ‘If the seller already has paid taxes beyond that date, you must reimburse them.’
    • ‘I then asked how I could claim on their insurance policy to reimburse defrauded customers, and they simply replied advising me to try their arbitration service.’
    • ‘If the firm discovers that you're eligible for a refund, it must reimburse you with cash, not services or discounts.’
    • ‘She was in sales and one employer refused to reimburse her for business expenses (among other things).’
    • ‘We will also expect the council to reimburse us for the expense.’
    • ‘He also was reimbursed $174,354 for travel and other expenses.’
    • ‘Tenants must also be reimbursed for any expenditure on repairs.’
    • ‘The evaluation will be provided at no charge, and, in most cases, patients will be reimbursed for their travel expenses.’
    • ‘So I will work with the Congress to ensure that states are reimbursed for these extra expenses.’
    • ‘Nearly all holiday insurance plans work by reimbursing the traveller after they have paid locally for treatment.’
    • ‘Most cruise lines won't reimburse you for expenses and missed cruises if you opt to leave the ship early.’
    • ‘A claim for $150,000 to reimburse him for education expenses forms part of his current lawsuit.’
    • ‘Under the Local Government Act, a councillor who incurs an expense in their duty is entitled to be reimbursed.’
    • ‘Thus, a family with income between 100 and 200 percent of the poverty line would be reimbursed 75 percent of its total covered expenses.’
    • ‘They also reimburse entrants to the tune of £250 for travel expenses if they raise a minimum of £750.’
    • ‘Ms King said staff were continuing to pay union costs out of their own pockets, despite the fact that they have not been reimbursed for such expenses since last February.’
    • ‘These workers were usually reimbursed for expenses, but received little or no remuneration for their work.’
    • ‘He must reimburse the applicant for the costs she has incurred as a result of his conduct.’
    • ‘‘I'm sure your insurance company will reimburse you,’ Lucas assured her.’
    • ‘The best you can hope for is getting the airline to reimburse you for some of the expenses you incur while waiting for your suitcase to show up.’
    compensate, recompense, refund, repay, square accounts with, settle up with
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    1. 1.1 Repay (a sum of money that has been spent or lost)
      ‘your expenses will be reimbursed’
      • ‘Any expenses incurred by volunteers will be reimbursed.’
      • ‘Bradley said he tried to strike a deal with the municipality, so that he could reimburse the money he owed.’
      • ‘Unlicensed drugs are not specified in the database because they are not automatically reimbursed by insurance.’
      • ‘The company, he adds, is reimbursing the funds for the additional pay.’
      • ‘Most of this money is reimbursed by the Government.’
      • ‘The Commission agrees that companies benefiting from structural funds will have to reimburse the money if they leave within seven years.’
      • ‘Patients are made aware that the service is unlikely to be reimbursed by insurance.’
      • ‘A library that knowingly fails to comply with certification must reimburse the funds and discounts received for that period.’
      • ‘The costs are reimbursed to the commonwealth only after the claim is successful.’
      • ‘Transport will be provided and childcare expenses will be reimbursed.’
      • ‘The employment contract or handbook should ideally set out the company's expenses policy and should detail all expenses that will be reimbursed by the employer.’
      • ‘The audits either rejected the inflated invoices or required the contractors to reimburse the money.’
      • ‘Full training will be provided and all expenses incurred will be reimbursed.’
      • ‘The cost of the service is not reimbursed by health insurance.’
      • ‘The loans were supposed to be used by the banks to reimburse depositors' money.’
      • ‘Volunteers are, as the name suggests unpaid, but expenses incurred are reimbursed, so you won't be out of pocket by joining.’
      • ‘The church reimburses the health premiums for a total of $10,000.’
      repay, refund, return, pay back, give back, restore, replace, make good
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Early 17th century: from re- ‘back, again’ + obsolete imburse ‘put in a purse’, from medieval Latin imbursare, from in- ‘into’ + late Latin bursa ‘purse’.