verb (used with object)

  1. to give back or restore (especially money); repay.
  2. to make repayment to; reimburse.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make repayment.


  1. an act or instance of refunding.
  2. an amount refunded.

verb (used with object)

  1. to fund anew.
  2. Finance.
    1. to meet (a matured debt structure) by new borrowing, especially through issuance of bonds.
    2. to replace (an old issue) with a new one.

verb (tr) finance

  1. to discharge (an old or matured debt) by new borrowing, as by a new bond issue
  2. to replace (an existing bond issue) with a new one

verb (rɪˈfʌnd) (tr)

  1. to give back (money), as when an article purchased is unsatisfactory
  2. to reimburse (a person)

noun (ˈriːˌfʌnd)

  1. return of money to a purchaser or the amount so returned

1860, from re- + fund. Related: Re-funded; re-funding.


“to give back, restore,” early 15c. (earlier “to pour back,” late 14c.), from Old French refunder “restore” and directly from Latin refundere “give back, restore, return,” literally “pour back, flow back,” from re- “back” (see re-) + fundere “to pour” (see found (v.2)). Specifically of money from 1550s. Related: Refunded; refunding.


“a return of money paid,” 1782, from refund (v.).

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