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disburse

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verb dis·burse \dis-ˈbərs\

Simple Definition of disburse

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

Full Definition of disburse

dis·burseddis·burs·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to pay out :  expend especially from a fund <disburse money> b :  to make a payment in settlement of <disburse a bill>

  3. 2 :  distribute

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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