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 The Trump campaign's disbursements of $89.7 million through September 2019 were more than half of its receipts. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "2020 Presidential Campaign Fundraising (and Spending) Are on Track to Smash Records," 4 Dec. 2019 The Democratic Governors Association has pretty much spent an equal amount, with $2.36 million in disbursements for Hood. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, "Democrats look to win governor's races in the heart of Trump country on Tuesday," 4 Nov. 2019 Bondholders aren’t paid from federal disbursements but from tax revenues and service fees. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Trump Attacks ‘Inept’ Puerto Rico Leaders Over Disaster Aid," 23 Oct. 2018 Its shares are up 50% since an IPO in December A DOZEN WOMEN dressed in saris sit on benches at the branch of the Ujjivan Small Finance Bank on Koramangala 80 Feet Road, awaiting disbursements of tiny loans. The Economist, "Small change Ujjivan is a rare bright spot in Indian finance," 6 Feb. 2020 The Federal Election Commission only records direct disbursements from candidates’ accounts. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders slam Big Tech, but their 2020 campaigns use them frequently," 25 Aug. 2019 The peso weakened again in late August after Mr. Macri caught investors by surprise by publicly calling on the IMF to speed up disbursements from the bailout package, raising concerns about Argentina’s ability to meet its financing needs. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Argentina’s Central Bank President Resigns," 25 Sep. 2018 Some of these target banks and other lenders for faster disbursement and better risk management of loans to developers or buyers, while others help developers or sellers liquidate inventory quickly. Sunny Vohra, Quartz India, "Technology can help India’s real estate sector but no one’s listening," 23 Jan. 2020 The decennial Census is a politically crucial count of the US population that underpins congressional redistricting as well as the disbursement of federal funding for a wide array of programs. Brian Fung, CNN, "Facebook to ban census suppression on its platforms," 19 Dec. 2019

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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 1 Apr. 2020.

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