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From Middle English refunden, refounden, from Old French refondre, refonder, refunder (to restore; pay back), from Latin refundere; prefix re- (re-) + fundere (to pour): compare French refondre, refonder. See fuse (to melt), and compare refound (to cast again), and refuse.


  • (verb) enPR: rĭfŭnd', IPA(key): /ɹɪˈfʌnd/
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  • (noun) enPR: rē'fŭnd', IPA(key): /ˈɹiːfʌnd/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌnd


refund (third-person singular simple present refunds, present participle refunding, simple past and past participle refunded)

  1. (transitive) To return (money) to (someone); to reimburse.
    If you find this computer for sale anywhere at a lower price, we'll refund you the difference.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To supply again with funds.
    to refund a railroad loan
  3. (transitive, obsolete, rare) To pour back.
    • 1660, John Ray, The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation
      Were the humours of the eye tinctured with any colour, they would refund that colour upon the object.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      When our mutual trance was a little over, and the young fellow had withdrawn that delicious stretcher, with which he had most plentifully drowned all thoughts of revenge in the sense of actual pleasure, the widen'd wounded passage refunded a stream of pearly liquids, which flowed down my thighs, mixed with streaks of blood



refund (plural refunds)

  1. An amount of money returned.
    If the camera is faulty, you can return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund.