Metathesis is the term for transposing sounds or letters, which is what often happens with this word, as here: "Mr. Strage said in the witness box that he was to receive fair renumeration for his work" (Independent). The urge to associate remunerate with words of quantity like numeral and enumerate is understandable, but in fact the words spring from different sources. Remunerate comes from the Latin munus (by which it is related to munificent). Numeral, enumerate, and other related words come from the Latin numerus.

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  • Remunerate — Re*mu ner*ate ( ?t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Remunerated} ( ? t?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Remunerating}.] [L. remuneratus, p. p. of remunerare, remunerari; pref. re re + munerare, munerari, to give, present, from munus, muneris, a gift, present. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • remunerate — re‧mu‧ne‧rate [rɪˈmjuːnəreɪt] verb [transitive] formal HUMAN RESOURCES to pay someone for work they have done: • Stockbrokers should not be remunerated on the basis of stocks sold or bought. * * * remunerate UK US /rɪˈmjuːnəreɪt/ verb [T] …   Financial and business terms

  • remunerate — [ri myo͞o′nə rāt΄] vt. remunerated, remunerating [< L remuneratus, pp. of remunerari, to reward, remunerate < re , again + munus (gen. muneris), gift < IE * moini : see COMMON] to pay or compensate (a person) for (work or service done,… …   English World dictionary

  • remunerate — I verb acquit, award, compensate, defray, disburse, discharge, give payment, indemnify, make payment, make up for, pay, recompense, reimburse, remit, remunerari, repay, requite, reward, satisfy, settle associated concepts: legal fees II index… …   Law dictionary

  • remunerate — 1520s, from L. remuneratus, pp. of remunerari (later remunerare) (see REMUNERATION (Cf. remuneration)). Related: Remunerated; remunerating …   Etymology dictionary

  • remunerate — *pay, compensate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense Analogous words: award, accord, vouchsafe, *grant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • remunerate — [v] compensate, reward accord, ante up*, award, dish out*, do business*, grant, guerdon, indemnify, pay, pay off, pay up, post, recompense, redress, reimburse, repay, requite, shell out*, spring for*, vouchsafe; concept 341 Ant. charge, seize,… …   New thesaurus

  • remunerate — ► VERB ▪ pay (someone) for services rendered or work done. DERIVATIVES remunerative adjective. ORIGIN Latin remunerari reward, recompense …   English terms dictionary

  • remunerate — v. (formal) (D; tr.) to remunerate for * * * [rɪ mjuːnəreɪt] (formal) (D; tr.) to remunerate for …   Combinatory dictionary

  • remunerate — UK [rɪˈmjuːnəreɪt] / US [rɪˈmjunəreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms remunerate : present tense I/you/we/they remunerate he/she/it remunerates present participle remunerating past tense remunerated past participle remunerated formal to pay or… …   English dictionary

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