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 settlement states that Teva must pay California directly if the FTC does not disburse the $69 million. Arman Azad And Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "Drug companies to pay $70 million for delaying cheaper generics, California attorney general says," 29 July 2019 The donor doesn’t have to disburse any minimum amount each year, the way private foundations do. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Silicon Valley foundation’s crypto assets plunged, but donations rose in 2018," 22 June 2019 The candidates also pushed to make a switch in how student loans were disbursed. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Decade That Changed the Student-Debt Debate," 5 June 2019 Responsibilities are approximately one hour, starting around 11:30 a.m., when the meals are delivered to the center at 105 Main St. They are then disbursed to the volunteers, who will then deliver them to homebound seniors within town. courant.com, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The conservancy will begin disbursing the funds in the next couple of months, which means the new equipment should be in place in time for the 2020 beach season, Hutzel said. Los Angeles Times, "California beaches amp up fun, thanks to new mobility devices that navigate sand," 5 Sep. 2019 Rather than waiting until the TIF is enacted in four months, the city wants to disburse the loan immediately, and wanted to make sure the agreement stated that if the TIF is not established, Urban Equity still has to repay the loan to the city. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora amends agreement on Terminal Building redevelopment," 5 June 2019 As well as the bond proceeds, the institution holds a smaller pot of money, which can be disbursed at the discretion of experts. The Economist, "The World Bank’s pandemic bonds are not paying out for Ebola," 29 Aug. 2019 Five clinics received funding under the program, said Kristin Adams, president and chief executive offer of the Indiana Family Health Council, which disburses the money for the federal government. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'Devastating for women': How Planned Parenthood funding battle could affect Indiana," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of disburse was in 1530

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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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