dis·burse | \dis-ˈbərs \
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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The interest rate increase is for new loans disbursed from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. Anna Helhoski, latimes.com, "Student loan interest rates just went up again," 6 July 2018 With no budget passed, around 90% of state spending had to be disbursed through a patchwork of state laws and court orders. The Economist, "Bruce Rauner discovers bipartisanship," 5 July 2018 The company, which counts private-equity firm Primus Capital Partners as a major shareholder, can disburse payments in more than 200 countries through a variety of forms, including debit cards and transfers into bank or PayPal accounts. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "PayPal Agrees to Buy Payments Firm Hyperwallet for $400 Million," 19 June 2018 The suit seeks to dissolve the foundation and have its funds disbursed to unnamed charities. Jesse Drucker, New York Times, "How the I.R.S. Could Punish Trump and His Foundation," 14 June 2018 As the proposers of FedAccount argue, the Treasury processes billions of payments per year and disburses millions of Social Security checks per month, basically without a problem. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Re-envisioning basic banking," 6 July 2018 Ayala gave the school $10 million in 2011, which was to have been disbursed over 10 years. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Prominent geneticist out at UC Irvine after harassment finding," 29 June 2018 The state is working with NOAA on how to disburse the money. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska will get $56 million in disaster relief for 2016 pink salmon fishery failure," 22 June 2018 But the city must hire a consultant to develop a plan for how to disburse the loans. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland drags its feet in helping equity pot startups," 4 June 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

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


dis·burse | \dis-ˈbərs \
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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evasion of direct action or statement

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