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.
transitive verb-·bursed′, -·burs′ing
- 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)