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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Examiners found some payments, called disbursement listings in the audit report, were incomplete and noted that 18 transactions totaling more than $1.4 million were missing from listings provided to the Comptroller’s Office. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Orange County comptroller’s audit recommends transparency requirements for Visit Orlando," 9 July 2019 There may be countries that don’t monitor disbursement of funds or bureaucrats at the U.N. failing to ensure compliance. WSJ, "Qatar’s Banks Are No Haven for Terrorists," 30 June 2019 Survivors like Denhollander have been deep in negotiations with lawyers and mediators over the disbursement of the settlement funds. Mary Pilon, Fortune, "'How Much Is a Little Girl Worth?': The Painful Financial Fallout of the Larry Nassar Case," 27 June 2019 But the Soviets’ disbursements came with warnings, Ames said. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "‘Rick is a goddamn Russian spy’: Does the CIA have a new Aldrich Ames on its hands?," 26 Jan. 2018 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 Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Unpublished Report Found Campus Banks Cashing In on High Fees," 11 Dec. 2018 Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking at political disbursements from the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

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First Known Use of disbursement

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disbursement

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