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Any difference between "refund" and "reimbursement" ?

Are they the same meaning? Any little differences ?

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    Yes Jack is right. There is a difference.
    If I return an unwanted item to a shop to get my money back - that is a refund.
    If I travel on behalf of my company and spend money on food and hotels etc. I will apply to my company for reimbursement of the money I have spent.

     

    If you return an item that you bought to a merchant to Exchange it for the money you purchased it with then you are getting a refund. If you are being given money for expenses that you have on behalf of someone then you are getting a reimbursement.
    No difference. The second one has french origin from "remboursement", which means ''refund'' in english.

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