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Disburse

When:

Lookups spiked on November 30, 2011.

Why:

The word was widely used when European finance ministers unlocked frozen bailout money to save Greece from bankruptcy.

For example, according to AFP news, the ministers "agreed to disburse a multi-billion-euro loan" to Greece while the country tries to solve its debt crisis.

Disburse means "to pay out" and is frequently used when payment is made from a public fund. It comes from the French word for "purse."

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