Simple Definition of disburse
: to pay out (money) from a fund that has been created for a special purpose
Full Definition of disburse
1 a : to pay out : expend especially from a fund <disburse money> b : to make a payment in settlement of <disburse a bill>
2 : distribute
Examples of disburse in a sentence
The money will be disbursed on the basis of need.
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
DISBURSE Defined for Kids
Definition of disburse for Students
: to pay out <All the money was disbursed.>
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