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.
Recent Examples on the Web The nonprofits expect to disburse funds to an additional 150 people. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Nonprofits offer stimulus to Detroiters returning home from prison, jail during COVID-19," 31 July 2020 West Allis Deputy Police Chief Chris Marks said the reward has not been claimed, and there are no plans to disburse it. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two people have been arrested in connection with the 2019 stabbing death of a 33-year-old man in West Allis," 29 July 2020 The Southern Poverty Law Center will disburse $30 million in grants to nonprofits in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi to help mobilize voters of color. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Georgia Aftermath, USPS Struggles, Poll Workers and More," 19 June 2020 In that case, tribes renewed a request to force the Treasury Department to disburse the remaining money immediately. Author: Felicia Fonseca, Anchorage Daily News, "Treasury withholding $679M in virus relief funds for tribes," 15 June 2020 The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference filed a formal complaint with the state education department and its leaders wrote to DeVos asking her to bypass school districts and have her department disburse the money to them. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Northside ISD chief says budget will be stable under ‘best case scenario’," 10 June 2020 As of Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Police Department said almost 700 arrests had been made, most of them for things like curfew violations and failure to disburse. Fox News, "Philadelphia man dies in detonation of ATM rigged with explosives, reports say," 3 June 2020 Urquidez said it was disbursed among 8,000 students and the remaining money will continue to be handed out through grants over the next few weeks. Jamie Landers, azcentral, "NAU, UA begin CARES Act distribution as ASU waits for money," 15 May 2020 Shalala was one of the members chosen by Pelosi to join a select committee of House and Senate members who will oversee some of the funding disbursed to companies from the Treasury in the recent coronavirus economic relief package. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'My mistake': Democratic congresswoman admits she failed to disclose stock sales," 22 Apr. 2020

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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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“Disburse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disburse. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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