disburse

verb
dis·​burse | \ dis-ˈbərs How to pronounce disburse (audio) \
disbursed; disbursing

Definition of disburse

transitive verb

1a : to pay out : expend especially from a fund disburse money
b : to make a payment in settlement of disburse a bill

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Other Words from disburse

disburser noun

Examples of disburse in a Sentence

The money will be disbursed on the basis of need. The government has disbursed millions of dollars in foreign aid.
Recent Examples on the Web The funds will be disbursed over three years, with the Portland district seeing about $167,000 each year. oregonlive, "Portland marching band stages 8-hour performance, Oregon teacher of the year named: The week in education," 5 Oct. 2019 The settlement fund will disburse between $735 million and $800 million. Ken Ritter, Twin Cities, "MGM Resorts commits up to $800M to victims of Vegas shooting," 3 Oct. 2019 The rain will continue into the early evening before disbursing, according to NWS. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Rain could soak any weekend plans in Houston," 27 Sep. 2019 Keybase disbursed its first tranche of the cryptocurrency into existing users’ accounts on Monday. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "With Facebook Libra Coin Tied Up, Rival Uses Free Cryptocurrency ‘Airdrop’ as Lure," 9 Sep. 2019 A year later, not a single dollar has been disbursed as federal officials try to set rules to ensure Puerto Rico, which is set to... Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Texas Relief Money Caught in Trump Administration Dispute With Puerto Rico," 6 Apr. 2019 In Coambs’ practice, near Charlotte, N.C., couples usually adhere to the traditional model of a man providing the money and a woman disbursing it. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "The New Way to (Finally) Stop Fighting Over Money With Your Spouse," 31 Oct. 2019 As a patron of charities, David Koch ranked among the most open-handed donors of his era, disbursing more than $1 billion to cultural and medical nonprofit organizations. Bill Hewitt, Washington Post, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 As a patron of charities, David Koch ranked among the most open-handed donors of his era, disbursing more than $1 billion to cultural and medical nonprofit organizations. Bill Hewitt, Anchorage Daily News, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of disburse

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disburse

Middle French desbourser, from Old French desborser, from des- dis- + borse purse, from Medieval Latin bursa

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Disburse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disburser. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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disburse

verb
How to pronounce disburse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disburse

formal : to pay out (money) from a fund that has been created for a special purpose

disburse

verb
dis·​burse | \ dis-ˈbərs How to pronounce disburse (audio) \
disbursed; disbursing

Kids Definition of disburse

: to pay out All the money was disbursed.

Other Words from disburse

disbursement \ -​mənt \ noun

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