August 22, 2012
- refund (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to return money in repayment
- How do you use it?
- Even though the camera was clearly defective, it took six months before the store finally agreed to refund Jamie's money.
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think the root of "refund" means?"Refund" comes from the Latin word "refundere," which adds the prefix "re-," which means "back," to the root word "fundere," meaning "to pour." When it is combined with other prefixes, "fundere" forms the basis of several English words including "confound," meaning to "throw into disorder" or "mix up," and "suffuse," which means "to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light." The name of the utensil called a "funnel," used to direct a downward flow of liquid, can also be traced back to "fundere."