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refund 1

Syllabification: re·fund


Pronunciation: /rəˈfənd/
[with object]
1Pay back (money), typically to a customer who is not satisfied with goods or services bought: if you’re not delighted with your purchase, we guarantee to refund your money in full
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  • From a legal perspective, it is revealing that Apple has decided to refund money to customers who paid for the repair.
  • The only thing we could do was apologise and refund customers' money.
  • Mrs Seddon, a secretary, and her husband, a retired headmaster, have been told P & O is refunding every passenger's fare and giving 25 per cent compensation to be used towards another cruise with the company.
1.1Pay back money to (someone): I’ll refund you for the apples and any other damage
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  • In some cases, it was claimed that customers were not refunded the difference when the substitutes cost less.
  • The promoter indicated via the media that ticket holders would be refunded their money.
  • Greater transparency is being sought to convince farmers that they are being properly refunded for the VAT paid on inputs.


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌfənd/
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A repayment of a sum of money, typically to a dissatisfied customer: you are entitled to reject it and insist on a refund you’ll get an immediate tax refund
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  • This enables the parish to claim tax refunds on monies received.
  • Tourists wishing to claim their tax refunds must obtain tax forms from the authorized VAT store where the merchandise was purchased at the time of purchase.
  • So you can file amended returns to claim tax refunds for these up to seven years back.
repayment, reimbursement, rebate


Pronunciation: /rəˈfəndəbəl/
Example sentences
  • A deposit of €10 per child, non refundable is required.
  • Capital contributions may - or may not - be refundable and may be forfeited if the policyholder cancels or does not renew the insurance.
  • This payment is not refundable if the CDs don't sell.


Late Middle English (in the senses 'pour back' and 'restore'): from Old French refonder or Latin refundere, from re- 'back' + fundere 'pour', later associated with the verb fund. The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

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refund 2 Syllabification: re·fund
Pronunciation: /rēˈfənd/


Fund (a debt, etc.) again.
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  • The squelching of the institute - later partly re-funded and renamed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory - marked the start of Reagan's campaign against solar power.
  • In short, it would be excellent PR for America to re-fund the UNFPA, coming at a time when we certainly need it to show the international community that we are serious about working together to address the world's problems.
  • He goes on a crime spree in order to re-fund his experiments.
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