- to pay out (money), especially for expenses; expend.
- to distribute or scatter: Our troops were disbursed over a wide area. She disbursed the flowers to the children.
Origin of disburse
1. lay out. See spend.
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- (tr) to pay out
C16: from Old French desborser, from des- dis- 1 + borser to obtain money, from borse bag, from Late Latin bursa
Disburse is sometimes wrongly used where disperse is meant: the police used a water cannon to disperse (not disburse) the crowd
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Word Origin and History for disbursable
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