Definition of disburse
1a : to pay out : expend especially from a fund disburse moneyb : to make a payment in settlement of disburse a bill
2 : distribute
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 of disburse from the Web
A 2015 press report stated that the Timken family -- through the foundation -- had disbursed more than $350 million in grants.
Other family members are involved in at least three open probate cases in Texas and a related lawsuit in Calcasieu Parish, which Tribble has cited for his client's refusal to disburse funds from the trust to the waiting foundations.
At 11:30 a.m. the meals are delivered to the senior center at 105 Main St. and are then disbursed to the volunteers who will then deliver them to Homebound Seniors within town.
For his part, Appel hopes the funds will be disbursed by an organization like the Australasian Performing Rights Association, Australia’s copyright collection agency.
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Origin and Etymology of disburse
Middle French desbourser, from Old French desborser, from des- dis- + borse purse, from Medieval Latin bursa
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
DISBURSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disburse for English Language Learners
: to pay out (money) from a fund that has been created for a special purpose
DISBURSE Defined for Kids
Definition of disburse for Students
: to pay out All the money was disbursed.
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