verb dis·burse \dis-ˈbərs\

: to pay out (money) from a fund that has been created for a special purpose


Full Definition of DISBURSE

transitive verb
a :  to pay out :  expend especially from a fund <disburse money>
b :  to make a payment in settlement of <disburse a bill>
dis·burs·er noun

Examples of DISBURSE

  1. The money will be disbursed on the basis of need.
  2. The government has disbursed millions of dollars in foreign aid.

Origin of DISBURSE

Middle French desbourser, from Old French desborser, from des- dis- + borse purse, from Medieval Latin bursa
First Known Use: 1530

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DISBURSE Defined for Kids


verb dis·burse \dis-ˈbərs\

Definition of DISBURSE for Kids

:  to pay out <All the money was disbursed.>
dis·burse·ment \-mənt\ noun


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