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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

reimburse

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
reimburse sb’s expenses (=pay the money someone has spent for business purposes back to them)
▪ Your expenses will usually be reimbursed within one month of receiving the claim.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
company
▪ Some companies also reimburse costs incurred through premature termination of contracts for leased or rented housing as a result of the relocation.
▪ Your company reimburses you for the whole trip.
▪ Some companies reimburse workers for the cost of educational courses.
cost
▪ Some companies also reimburse costs incurred through premature termination of contracts for leased or rented housing as a result of the relocation.
▪ This was an untruth-there had been a clear verbal agreement that he would be reimbursed for all his costs.
▪ I would be pleased to reimburse any costs incurred.
▪ Some companies reimburse workers for the cost of educational courses.
▪ Scientists may also be reimbursed for the cost of attending international conferences.
▪ So far the Government have not even given a commitment to reimburse the full cost of that.
costs
▪ Some companies also reimburse costs incurred through premature termination of contracts for leased or rented housing as a result of the relocation.
▪ This was an untruth-there had been a clear verbal agreement that he would be reimbursed for all his costs.
▪ I would be pleased to reimburse any costs incurred.
expenses
▪ There may be fixed allowances payable for accommodation and meals or firms may reimburse reasonable expenses.
▪ Allstate failed to reimburse her for expenses in setting up her own agency in 1990, she said.
▪ All reasonable interview expenses will be reimbursed.
▪ You can reimburse all such expenses under the accountable plan rules, and the reimbursement is not a wage payment.
▪ Owners of businesses are not permitted to reimburse their own travel expenses under the per diem rules.
government
▪ They worry that they will be forced to reimburse the federal government millions of dollars that went into investment bankers' pockets.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ He wouldn't let me reimburse him for the cost of his journey.
▪ Pay for the hotel room when you leave, and the company will reimburse you later.
▪ We pay for any repairs that need doing to the house, and are reimbursed by the landlord.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Dively said he will be reimbursed the $ 2, 400 it will cost to train each worker in his 13-week program.
▪ Patients are reimbursed for 85% of the schedule fee for each item of general practitioner service and for specialist consultations outside hospitals.
▪ Stores accepting food stamps are reimbursed with money by the government.
▪ The firm then reimbursed the fund for the $ 200, 000 it had received from the fund for legal costs.
▪ The mark-up should be fair and reasonable, the speculator being reimbursed for both time and enterprise.
▪ They must also reimburse the company for any widening and road improvement carried out.
▪ When he returned to London it would take months of arguing with some scrupulous clerk of the Exchequer to get it reimbursed.
▪ Wilson tried, with little success, to get the federal government to reimburse the state for providing services to undocumented immigrants.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Reimburse

Reimburse \Re`im*burse"\ (-b?rs"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reimbursed (-b?rst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reimbursing.]

  1. 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; as, to reimburse the expenses of a war.

  2. To make restoration or payment of an equivalent to (a person); to pay back to; to indemnify; -- often reflexive; as, to reimburse one's self by successful speculation.
    --Paley.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

reimburse

1610s, from re- "back" + imburse "to pay, enrich," literally "put in a purse" (c.1530), from Middle French embourser, from Old French em- "in" + borser "to get money," from borse "purse," from Medieval Latin bursa (see purse (n.)). Related: Reimbursed; reimbursing.

WordNet

reimburse

  1. v. pay back for some expense incurred; "Can the company reimburse me for my professional travel?"

  2. reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss [syn: recoup]

Wiktionary

reimburse

vb. To compensate with payment; especially, to repay money spent on one's behalf.

Usage examples of "reimburse".

Remo and Farger hitched a ride into the city, Remo said he would reimburse Farger for the car.

The city of Glasgow, in North Britain, presented a petition, praying to be reimbursed the sum of ten thousand pounds, extorted from that corporation by the son of the pretender during the rebellion.

Discretionary accounts, reimbursed expenses, overstated of course- a percentage of our expense allowance salted away, laundered clean, invested in the market.

The Lahore state to pay twenty-two lacs of new Nameck-shee rupees, of full tale and weight, per annum, in order to reimburse the expenses which the British government should incur, in preserving by an armed force the authority of the maharajah, and the observance of the treaty against the refractory chiefs or disbanded soldiery.

It might be the champagne, which should really be classed as a valuable social medicament, and reimbursed by the Securite Sociale.

Also, however, knowing the unfortunate proclivities of that pack of unhung thieves who arrange my audiences, I am more than sure that you had to lay out more than just a few full ounces of gold, ere you at last entered this chamber, so allow me to reimburse at least a fraction of that expense.

It had the look of a semidomesticated creature, and I took care to leave a coin beside the bloodless carcass to reimburse its owners for my nourishment.

Unfortunately for the Derrs, the policy reimbursed only for treatment of cholera, Ebola virus, chikungunya fever, trypanosomiasis, and six other tropical diseases not likely to afflict a couple in their mid-eighties living in Skowhegan, Maine.

In those days, when networks consumed money as if there were no tomorrow, correspondents found their own accommodation and were reimbursed More recently, with leaner budgets and accountants in catbird seats, The Evening News 319 the network supplied living quarters--of lesser quality and cheaper.

House of Thul will gladly reimburse the Jedi for all detonators used on my behalf.

Trainers bought yearlings at auction for their owners, paying compulsorily for them on the spot and relying on the owners to reimburse them fairly soon.

To show his pleasure, Kang Xi gave Trinket carte blanche to reimburse himself from the Privy Purse for the expenses he had incurred on this last mission.

If the manager of the handsome Cooper Cinerama did oblige, I shall be happy to reimburse him.

And lest his character be misconstrued (which would be deplorable) it may as well be stated now that he had not laid down upward of twenty thousand good golden guineas for a colourable Corot without having a tolerably clear notion of how he meant to reimburse himself if it should turn out that he had paid too dear for his whistle.

He imparted this suggestion to the Tyrolese, who approved the proposal of decamping, though he combated with all his might our hero's inclination to withdraw himself before the trial, by repeating the assurances of the solicitor, who told him he might depend upon being reimbursed by the sentence of the court for great part of the sums he had expended in the course of the prosecution.