When someone buys you lunch for $10 and you later give him $10, this is an example of a situation where you reimburse him for lunch.
- to pay back (money spent)
- to repay or compensate (a person) for expenses, damages, losses, etc.
Origin of reimbursere- + archaic imburse, to pay, after French rembourser ; from re-, again + embourser, to pay ; from en-, in + bourse, purse
transitive verbre·im·bursed, re·im·burs·ing, re·im·burs·es
- To repay (money spent); refund.
- To pay back or compensate (another party) for money spent or losses incurred.
Origin of reimbursere– + imburse, to put in a purse, pay (from French embourser, from Old French : en-, in from Latin in-; see in–2 + borser, to get money, from borse, purse, from Late Latin bursa, bag; see bursa).
(third-person singular simple present reimburses, present participle reimbursing, simple past and past participle reimbursed)