dis·​burse·​ment | \ dis-ˈbərs-mənt How to pronounce disbursement (audio) \

Definition of disbursement

: the act of paying out money especially from a fund : the act of disbursing the disbursement of government funds also : funds paid out received monthly disbursements

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Examples of disbursement in a Sentence

substantial disbursements for research and development the disbursement of the foundation's funds to several cancer research centers
Recent Examples on the Web As millions of people around the United States scrambled in recent weeks to collect unemployment benefits and disbursements through the federal CARES Act, officials warned about the looming threat of Covid-19-related scams online. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Nigerian Fraudsters Ripping Off the Unemployment System," 19 May 2020 Any choice involves trade-offs: Quick approvals and cash disbursements raise the risk of mistakes and borrower fraud, but rigorous underwriting takes time that desperate business owners and overtaxed bankers don’t have to spare. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Banks Warn of ‘Overwhelming’ Demand and Messy Start for Small Business Loans," 2 Apr. 2020 After two years and multiple scandals that include allegations from former employees of mismanagement, the most basic details of the $100,000 Privilege Grant Foundation fund — its donations, disbursements, and scholarship winners — remain a mystery. NBC News, "Milo Yiannopoulos' charity for 'white boys' winds down as mystery remains over the $100,000 raised," 29 Mar. 2018 Lawmakers created the inspector general role to oversee disbursement of the huge sums of money that the government is quickly rolling out the door to bail out corporations battered by the coronavirus crisis. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Trump’s Inspector General Pick Vows Independence From the White House," 5 May 2020 Typically, such funds have an outside administrator, someone who qualifies recipients and helps guide disbursements. Joanne Kimberlin, Washington Post, "How the Virginia Beach mass shooting donations were divided," 7 Mar. 2020 Some legislation purports to instruct the president to prevent disbursements to foreign nations that have engaged in disapproved conduct. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "Trump's Ukraine conduct may not be criminal, but it could be impeachable," 24 Sep. 2019 Some have only received a smaller disbursement from another federal loan program. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Amid coronavirus outbreak, Texas small businesses seek government lifeline they never thought they’d need," 17 Apr. 2020 As of Tuesday afternoon, a little over a week after the loan disbursement started, the program has approved over 1 million loans and has over 4,700 lenders approved to give out the loans. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Republicans say Democratic demands would gum up small-business loan program," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of disbursement

circa 1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disbursement

see disburse

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“Disbursement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbursement. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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