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Syllabification: re·im·burse
Pronunciation: /ˌrēimˈbərs

Definition of reimburse in English:


[with object]
1Repay (a person who has spent or lost money): the investors should be reimbursed for their losses
More example sentences
  • If the firm discovers that you're eligible for a refund, it must reimburse you with cash, not services or discounts.
  • Tenants must also be reimbursed for any expenditure on repairs.
  • If the seller already has paid taxes beyond that date, you must reimburse them.
1.1Repay (a sum of money that has been spent or lost): they spend thousands of dollars that are not reimbursed by insurance
More example sentences
  • The cost of the service is not reimbursed by health insurance.
  • Unlicensed drugs are not specified in the database because they are not automatically reimbursed by insurance.
  • Patients are made aware that the service is unlikely to be reimbursed by insurance.
repay, refund, return, pay back


early 17th century: from re- 'back, again' + obsolete imburse 'put in a purse', from medieval Latin imbursare, from in- 'into' + late Latin bursa 'purse'.



Example sentences
  • They have created a cartel in which chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery are the only allowable and reimbursable therapies.
  • We're also actively trying to help shape a health care environment that provides progressive and reimbursable practice opportunities for all our graduates, regardless of practice site.
  • I have not made another copy of all the back-up material to the invoice relative to consultant fees and reimbursable expenses since you have already have all the information in your file.


Example sentences
  • Donors are admitted as private patients, but receive no payment except reimbursement of travel expenses and loss of earnings.
  • Airline customers will be entitled to reimbursement of the price of a ticket if a flight is delayed for more than five hours.
  • He also could take the case before the Court of Federal Claims to seek reimbursement for the withheld wages.

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