[ dis-burs ]
/ dɪsˈbɜrs /
verb (used with object), dis·bursed, dis·burs·ing.
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.
Words nearby disburse
Origin of disburse
SYNONYMS FOR disburse
1 lay out. See spend.
OTHER WORDS FROM disburse
dis·burs·a·ble, adjectivedis·burs·er, nounnon·dis·burs·a·ble, adjectivenon·dis·bursed, adjective
re·dis·burse, verb (used with object), re·dis·bursed, re·dis·burs·ing.un·dis·bursed, adjectivewell-dis·bursed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH disbursedisburse disperse
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British Dictionary definitions for disbursable
/ (dɪsˈbɜːs) /
(tr) to pay out
Derived forms of disbursedisbursable, adjectivedisbursement, noundisburser, noun
Word Origin for disburse
C16: from Old French desborser, from des- dis- 1 + borser to obtain money, from borse bag, from Late Latin bursa
usage for disburse
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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