To refund is to give money back, especially when someone isn’t satisfied with an item they bought or the service they got. If you complain that your restaurant food is undercooked, the manager may refund your money.

When you don’t actually get what you paid for, you deserve a refund, or a repayment of the money you spent. Most businesses will refund money to unhappy customers, and when you return something — like a pair of pants that doesn’t fit — you’ll also get a refund. The verb came before the noun, and it originally meant “to pour back,” from the Latin root fundere, “to pour.”

Definitions of refund
  1. verb

    pay back

    refund me my money”
    give back, repay, return
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    pay back for some expense incurred
    restitute, restore

    give or bring back
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    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

  2. noun

    the act of returning money received previously

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    defrayal, defrayment, payment

    the act of paying money

  3. noun

    money returned to a payer

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    discount, rebate

    a refund of some fraction of the amount paid

    a rebate on rent given by a local government authority
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    a sum of money paid or a claim discharged

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