A reimbursement is a repayment for money you've already spent. When you travel for work, you get a reimbursement for your work-related expenses, like hotel bills and plane tickets, but you'll have to pay for that trip to the circus yourself.

Reimbursement comes from the Latin root words re, meaning again; in, meaning into; and bursa, meaning purse. So the word reimbursement literally means in a purse again. After your parents' basement flooded, they paid to repair the damage and then got a reimbursement from the insurance company, so that they could put the money they spent in their purse again.

Definitions of reimbursement

n compensation paid (to someone) for damages or losses or money already spent etc.

“he received reimbursement for his travel expenses”
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a sum granted as reimbursement for expenses
reimbursement for goods damaged while in transit or in use
pecuniary reimbursement to the winning party for the expenses of litigation
per diem
a daily allowance for living expenses (especially while traveling in connection with your job)
travel allowance, travel reimbursement
a sum allowed for travel
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something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)

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