reimburse

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1610s, re- ‎(back) +‎ imburse ‎(pay) (imburse ‎(literally put in a purse), circa 1530, now obsolete), from Middle French embourser, from Old French en- ‎(in) + borser ‎(to get money), from borse ‎(purse), from Medieval Latin bursa (English purse).[1]

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reimburse ‎(third-person singular simple present reimburses, present participle reimbursing, simple past and past participle reimbursed)

  1. To compensate with payment; especially, to repay money spent on one's behalf.
    The company will reimburse you for your expenses for the business trip.

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  1. ^ reimburse” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).