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

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 The foundation plans to disburse an additional $40 billion by 2026. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Beijing has yet to disburse large-scale cash handouts to revitalize the struggling consumption sector, as Hong Kong has repeatedly done during the pandemic. Jane Li, Quartz, 22 June 2022 The Mass Cultural Council is poised to disburse nearly $75 million to the state’s cultural sector this year, a historic investment in a field still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2022 This year, the organization plans to disburse more than $2.2 million through grants to smaller groups like Aboriginal Outfitters and the Hispanic Access Foundation. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 17 Aug. 2022 Now, thread is getting ready to issue the third round, which aims to disburse approximately $23 million to help stabilize the child care provider market in the state. Elizabeth Earl For Alaska Journal Of Commerce, Anchorage Daily News, 22 July 2022 The cabinet on May 10 directed the finance ministry to disburse some $2 million to implement a project to stabilize sand dunes, Iraqi News Agency reported. Kasha Patel, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 His hawkish stance reflects the reality that AerCap’s insurers may not disburse $3.5 billion without tough negotiating, creating conflict between insurer and insured. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 12 July 2022 But part of the money is being pulled out of some of the country’s poorest states, where local officials were unable, for various political and logistical reasons, to disburse the funds. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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