disburse

verb
dis·​burse | \ dis-ˈbərs How to pronounce disburse (audio) \
disbursed; disbursing

Definition of disburse

transitive verb

1a : to pay out : expend especially from a fund disburse money
b : to make a payment in settlement of disburse a bill

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Other Words from disburse

disburser noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Though the Oak Park Regional Housing Center is in partial default in its existing agreement with the village, trustees are likely to disburse funds currently being withheld to the organization. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, 9 June 2021 Pressed to disburse emergency funds quickly and efficiently, charities and local governments are using prepaid corporate spending and expense management cards to help needy people affected by the coronavirus. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Sahu said it was expected of the government to disburse cash assistance as a wage compensation to workers. Aarefa Johari, Quartz, 12 Apr. 2021 Now, state and local governments that have struggled to quickly prop up programs to disburse the money have a little more time. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 Advocates for the poor are urging federal and state governments to invest in improving benefit systems, so the nation is more prepared for the next crisis and can process applications and disburse money faster. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2021 In West’s view, the insurance company is simply not incentivized to disburse funds in a timely way. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 Housing analysts warned that Wednesday’s ruling could embolden more landlords to begin eviction proceedings against tenants before the federal government can disburse $45 billion in emergency housing assistance appropriated by Congress. New York Times, 5 May 2021 Advocates for the poor are urging federal and state governments to invest in improving benefit systems, so the nation is more prepared for the next crisis and can process applications and disburse money faster. Author: Heather Long, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of disburse

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disburse

Middle French desbourser, from Old French desborser, from des- dis- + borse purse, from Medieval Latin bursa

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“Disburse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disburse. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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disburse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disburse

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

disburse

verb
dis·​burse | \ dis-ˈbərs How to pronounce disburse (audio) \
disbursed; disbursing

Kids Definition of disburse

: to pay out All the money was disbursed.

Other Words from disburse

disbursement \ -​mənt \ noun

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