May 16, 2016
reimburse (verb)
\ree-im-BURSS\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to pay back : repay
How do you use it?
My sister couldn't pass up a job in Thailand once she learned she would be paid well, have her relocation expenses reimbursed, and be allowed ample time off to travel the country.
Are you a word wiz?

"Reimburse" derives from "imburse," a once-familiar English word that has fallen out of use. When English-speakers used "imburse" in the past, what do you think it meant?

You're in the money if you chose B! "Imburse" is an obsolete English word meaning "to put in the pocket, pay." "Imburse"" came into English from Medieval Latin, specifically from the verb "imbursare," which is a combination of the Latin prefix "in-" with the Medieval Latin word "bursa," meaning "purse." In the early 1600s, English speakers began using "reimburse" to mean "to pay back." "Imburse" continued to be used at least until the early 1900s, as it can be found in dictionaries from that time. As for "reimburse," there is no indication that word will become obsolete anytime soon.
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