Reward vs Reimburse - What's the difference?

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Reward is a related term of reimburse.

As verbs the difference between reward and reimburse

is that reward is to give (something) as a reward while reimburse is to compensate with payment; especially, to repay money spent on one's behalf.

As a noun reward

is something of value given in return for an act.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) reward, rewarde, from (etyl) variants of Old French, ultimately of (etyl) ((etyl)) origin. Compare ''regard'', ''warden'', ''guard . See more below. Displaced native (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • Something of value given in return for an act.
  • For catching the thief, you'll get a nice reward .
  • A prize promised for a certain deed or catch
  • ''The rewards for bringing in badly wanted criminals are printed on 'dead or alive' posters
  • The result of an action, whether good or bad.
  • Is this the reward I get for telling the truth: to be put in jail?
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2013 , date=January 22 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (3-4) , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Christian Benteke's first-half goal was just reward for Villa's undoubted superiority but Bradford managed to survive without further damage until half-time, before scoring the goal that takes them to Wembley for the first time since 1996.}}
    * (something of value given in return for an act) payment, recompense * (prize promised for a certain deed or catch) bounty * (result of an action) consequence
    * punishment

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) rewarden, from (etyl) . More at (l).


    (en verb)
  • To give (something) as a reward.
  • *:
  • *:Thenne syr Marhaus departed and within two dayes his damoysel brought hym where as was a grete tornement that the lady de Vawse has cryed // And there syr Marhaus dyd so nobly that he was renomed / & had somtyme doune fourty knyghtes / and soo the serklet of gold was rewarded hym
  • *Bible, 1 Sam. xxiv. 17:
  • *:Thou hast rewarded' me good, whereas I have ' rewarded thee evil.
  • (label) To give a reward to or for.
  • :
  • (label) To recompense.
  • :
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 2, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC
  • , title= Bulgaria 0-3 England , passage=The Italian opted for Bolton's Cahill alongside captain John Terry - and his decision was rewarded with a goal after only 13 minutes. Bulgaria gave a hint of defensive frailties to come when they failed to clear Young's corner, and when Gareth Barry found Cahill in the box he applied the finish past Nikolay Mihaylov.}}
    Derived terms
    * rewardable * rewarder * rewarding * unrewarded


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  • To compensate with payment; especially, to repay money spent on one's behalf.
  • The company will reimburse your expenses for the business trip.

    Derived terms

    * reimbursable * reimbursement * reimburser


    * compensate, pay