verb (used with object), re·im·bursed, re·im·burs·ing.
- to make repayment to for expense or loss incurred: The insurance company reimbursed him for his losses in the fire.
- to pay back; refund; repay.
- (tr) to repay or compensate (someone) for (money already spent, losses, damages, etc)your fare will be reimbursed after your interview
v.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.