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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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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Brittany Eck, spokeswoman for the General Land Office, dismissed race as a motive, noting the official who heads the agency’s disbursement program is African-American. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "As Texas Recovers From Harvey, Port Arthur Struggles," 13 Aug. 2018 Most Read Nation & World Stories In December 2017, Avenatti met with an unidentified client to discuss the disbursement of roughly $1.9 million in payouts from a settlement. James Queally, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer Michael Avenatti, accused of fraud and attempts to extort Nike, is arrested," 25 Mar. 2019 BankMobile, a mobile banking company that also processes student-loan disbursements, worked with the most colleges—402—and had more than 807,000 active accounts. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Unpublished Report Found Campus Banks Cashing In on High Fees," 11 Dec. 2018 Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking at political disbursements from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to determine if Russia funneled money through the organization to influence the election. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "How Russian money and influence slipped through cracks in the US legal system," 25 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of disbursement

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disbursement

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