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.

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Belgium has already stepped in to help, disbursing $23 million. Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, "After U.S. cuts, Palestinian refugee agency appeals for aid," 17 Jan. 2018 My hope is that when all this money is being disbursed, a good chunk goes to treatment services, ending the addiction and the hopelessness that often accompanies and leads to homelessness. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Want to end homelessness? Start with getting people into recovery," 21 Sep. 2018 The formal request kicks off a process that typically takes at least a month before a loan can be disbursed. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "For IMF Help, Pakistan Might Have to Disclose Its China Debts," 11 Oct. 2018 According to a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Evergrande Health will disburse the remaining $1.2 billion in two parts. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future reveals the source of its $2 billion investment as a co-founder steps away," 26 June 2018 Proceeds will be disbursed after each claim is reviewed. Fox News, "Bankruptcy court OKs settlement for clergy sex abuse victims," 25 Sep. 2018 Another former Sessions staffer, Alan Hanson, runs the Office of Justice Programs — responsible, among other things, for disbursing local and state law enforcement grants. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted," 7 Nov. 2018 The arrangement calls for disbursing $50,000 among all applicants. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Catonsville dealership joins with Ellicott City Partnership to help flood victims purchase vehicles," 5 July 2018 Related Delays in filling out the necessary paperwork for the Fafsa or for private loans or scholarships can mean funds won’t be disbursed on time. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "The Key to Avoiding Financial Surprises on the First Day of College," 5 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disburse

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


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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