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 Paying through the app also provides an auditable and trackable way to disburse the money. Anne Field, Forbes, "Startup Combines Cash Rewards And Therapy In An App To Fight Meth Addiction," 19 Apr. 2021 The Housing Trust Fund, administered by the department, will disburse the money to state governments for the construction, maintenance and restoration of low-income housing. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, "Federal low-income housing grant doubles in size this year," 5 Apr. 2021 Other funds may prove easier to disburse, building on coronavirus relief programs approved last year. Anchorage Daily News, "With congressional stimulus bill approval imminent, Biden prepares to send checks but big challenges loom," 10 Mar. 2021 The case focused on part of the 2020 Cares Act in which Congress directed the Treasury Department to disburse $8 billion in funds to tribal governments. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Weighs Whether Protected Noncitizens Get Green Cards," 19 Apr. 2021 Congress passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which gave Fulton about $18 million to disburse directly to landlords and utility companies. Ben Brasch, ajc, "‘Overwhelming response’ causes Fulton to wrap $18M rental assistance apps," 15 Mar. 2021 As of late March, only 28 states had launched rental assistance programs to disburse the first major wave of federal funds, $25 billion allocated by the Department of the Treasury in December, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. NBC News, "Housing advocates say evictions are continuing at 'full steam,' despite a federal ban," 3 Apr. 2021 For the amount of time that readers took to reach this sentence, Biden needs to disburse nearly $800,000 to stay on track. CBS News, "How to spend $1.9 trillion? Shell out $43,000 per second," 12 Mar. 2021 For the amount of time that readers took to reach this sentence, Biden needs to disburse nearly $800,000 to stay on track. Josh Boak, ajc, "Pace of spending for pandemic aid? Try $43,000 every second," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of disburse was in 1530

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13 May 2021

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“Disburse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disburse. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disburse

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


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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