disburse

verb dis·burse \ dis-ˈbərs \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of disburse

disbursed; disbursing
transitive verb
1 a :to pay out :expend especially from a fund
  • disburse money
b :to make a payment in settlement of
  • disburse a bill

disburser

noun

Examples of disburse in a Sentence

  1. The money will be disbursed on the basis of need.

  2. The government has disbursed millions of dollars in foreign aid.

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Origin and Etymology of disburse

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

disburse Synonyms


DISBURSE Defined for English Language Learners

disburse

verb

Definition of disburse for English Language Learners

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


DISBURSE Defined for Kids

disburse

verb dis·burse \ dis-ˈbərs \

Definition of disburse for Students

disbursed; disbursing
:to pay out
  • All the money was disbursed.

disbursement

\-mənt\ noun


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