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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Disbursement was minted in English in the late 16th century by melding the noun suffix -ment with the verb disburse. Disburse is a borrowing of the Middle French desbourser, which traces back to the Old French desborser, a combination of the negating prefix des- (equivalent to the English dis-) and borse, which, like its English cognate purse, ultimately traces back to the Medieval Latin bursa, meaning "money bag" and, in earlier Latin usage, "oxhide." During the 16th and 17th centuries, deburse, depurse, and dispurse were deposited in the English language bank as synonyms of disburse. Deburse and depurse were also used respectively to form debursement and depursement—but these synonyms of disburse and disbursement all quickly declined in value and were never redeemed.

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 How to reach public officials involved The Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance controls the disbursement of stewardship fund grants. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 May 2022 The on-time payment rate increased in March 2020 with the disbursement of $1,200 stimulus checks as part of the CARES Act, and again a year later, when people received another $1,400 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Camille Squires, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2022 The city has about $7 million remaining to spend in its first disbursement of ARPA funds. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 10 Feb. 2022 But the report singled out Georgia, Ohio, Arizona and Tennessee for their slow disbursement of aid and large populations of renters. Sudhin Thanawala, ajc, 26 Nov. 2021 Also decides that the modalities for the management of funds provided for technical assistance under the Santiago network and the terms for their disbursement shall be determined by the process set out in paragraph 10 of decision -/CMA.3; 69. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2021 The report singled out Georgia, Ohio, Arizona and Tennessee for their slow disbursement of aid and large populations of renters. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2012 The fast disbursement of such robust support to a country engaged in active interstate conflict is virtually unprecedented. Sarah Kreps, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 The individual would manage the development of the multiyear plan for disbursement of the ARPA funds. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disbursement

circa 1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disbursement

disburse + -ment, perhaps after Middle French desboursement

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“Disbursement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbursement. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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