dis·​burse·​ment | \ -ˈbərs-mənt \

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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Synonyms for disbursement


charge, cost, expenditure, expense, outgo, outlay

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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

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Its balance sheet illustrates the cautious approach, showing total amortized loan investments, or disbursements, at just below $1.15 billion by the end of September, with cash and time deposits at $8.60 billion. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "China-Led AIIB Stays Cautious as It Commits $500 Million for Infrastructure Bonds," 9 Jan. 2019 The Senate overwhelmingly approved an $854 billion measure Thursday that combines military spending with disbursements for the departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Senate approves spending bill without provision to ban arming teachers," 24 Aug. 2018 The International Monetary Fund had already halted disbursements as President Petro O. Poroshenko’s government, wary of losing control over the judiciary, has failed to establish an independent anti-corruption court. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "In Ukraine, a Successful Fight for Justice, Then a Murder," 9 Jan. 2018 Lawmakers noted that the application process for this round of funding was markedly different from the other disaster relief disbursements of similar scale. Erica L. Green And Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "In Devastated Puerto Rico, Universities Get Just a Fraction of Storm Aid," 1 May 2018 This sum will likely be split into annual disbursements and used as a carrot creditors can offer Greece over the next few years in order to ensure the country sticks to its reform commitments and fiscal path. Viktoria Dendrinou, Bloomberg.com, "Greek Debt Talks: the Main Relief Measures Being Considered," 18 June 2018 Chinese authorities are still negotiating a plan for disbursement of the assistance. Lina Benabdallah, Washington Post, "China-Africa military ties have deepened. Here are 4 things to know.," 6 July 2018 Victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas should have a firmer idea within the next three months of how much money might be available for disbursement from the estate of the gunman, Stephen Paddock. David Montero, latimes.com, "Value of Las Vegas shooter's estate may be less than thought," 2 Mar. 2018 The disbursements will cover more than 100 investors, some of whom entrusted Siskey with hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece, according to court filings. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Rick Siskey Ponzi victims will finally get paid, as part of a $10 million deal," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of disbursement

1596, in the meaning defined above

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