Use the word "refund" when you get money back for something you purchased or when you pay too much money for anything.
When this word is used as a noun, the accent is on the first syllable:
- The homeowners received a refund from the government because they paid too much money in taxes last year.
- This store will give you a full refund if you buy something here and don’t like it.
- We asked the hotel for a refund because our room was dirty and had bugs in it.
- When are we getting our refund?
- You should get a refund in the mail in about two weeks.
When this word is used as a verb, the accent is on the second syllalble:
- The company will refund your money if you aren’t happy with your purchase.
- The store refunded our money because the phone we purchased didn’t work.
- The manager said he wouldn’t refund my money because too much time has passed since I bought this guitar.
- They need to see a photo ID in order to refund the money.
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This page was first published on February 28, 2012.
It was updated on October 4, 2017.