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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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 As with virtually all post-hurricane disaster relief in Puerto Rico, the work is contracted and paid for by bankrupt local agencies using money disbursed by FEMA from billions appropriated by Congress. Michael Weissenstein And Danica Coto, Fox News, "Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid," 19 July 2018 The state has disbursed nearly $343 million in sales tax revenue to the Bayou City since the start of the year, a 7.5 percent increase from the same period last year. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "How the Supreme Court ruling on online sales taxes affects you," 21 June 2018 At least three community health organizations — HIPS, Family Medical and Counseling Service and Bread for the City — disburse it free without a prescription to clients and family members. Alexandra Rockey Fleming, Washington Post, "The overdose drug Narcan is available in many states without a prescription," 7 Jan. 2018 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

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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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