From Middle English refunden, refounden, from Old French refondre, refonder, refunder (to restore; pay back), from Latin refundere; prefix re- (re-) + fundere (to pour): compare French refondre, refonder. See fuse (to melt), and compare refound (to cast again), and refuse.


  • (verb) enPR: rĭfŭnd', IPA(key): /ɹɪˈfʌnd/
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  • (noun) enPR: rē'fŭnd', IPA(key): /ˈɹiːfʌnd/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌnd


refund (third-person singular simple present refunds, present participle refunding, simple past and past participle refunded)

  1. (transitive) To return (money) to (someone); to reimburse.
    If you find this computer for sale anywhere at a lower price, we'll refund you the difference.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To supply again with funds.
    to refund a railroad loan
  3. (transitive, obsolete, rare) To pour back.
    • 1660, John Ray, The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of the Creation
      Were the humours of the eye tinctured with any colour, they would refund that colour upon the object.



refund (plural refunds)

  1. An amount of money returned.
    If the camera is faulty, you can return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund.