verb (used with object), dis·bursed, dis·burs·ing.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH disbursedisburse , disperse.
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What does disburse mean?
Disburse most commonly means to pay out money.
Disburse is typically used in the context of finance and business—especially when the exchange of money is formal.
The noun form of disburse is disbursement, meaning the act of paying out money, or the payment itself.
Disburse can also mean to distribute or scatter, but this sense is much less commonly used. (This sense sounds a lot like and means just about the same thing as disperse.)
Example: The staff is upset because payroll hasn’t disbursed paychecks yet due to a clerical error.
Where does disburse come from?
The first records of the word disburse come from around 1530. It comes from combining des (meaning “apart”) and bourse (meaning “purse”—a bag used to carry money). The same root is used in the more common term reimburse.
The modern financial use of disburse often refers to something quite specific—paying from a particular fund or account, often in the context of a business, charity, scholarship, or other formalized type of payment. To disburse is often to release money from one account to another. It’s typically only used in formal financial contexts, especially an institution making a payment to an individual. You wouldn’t use disburse when paying a friend back after splitting dinner—you’d just say pay or pay back or reimburse. If the thing being given out or provided is not financial or money-related (like food, for example), you’d probably use a word like distribute, not disburse.
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- disbursement (noun)
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How is disburse used in real life?
Disburse tends to be used in formal situations, such as scheduled payments or other financial transactions, especially those involving institutions.
The @SBAgov encourages all approved lenders to process loan applications previously submitted by eligible borrowers and disburse funds expeditiously.
— Jovita Carranza, SBA (@SBAJovita) April 24, 2020
"all the loans" isn't quite correct when the money has run out and a lot of small businesses had their applications ignored. the job here was not to just effectively disburse money, it is to help small businesses who need it. and *that* remains undone. https://t.co/24V0Jp2I2O
— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) April 17, 2020
@NC_Governor: The Department has also received updated guidance from the federal government on how to disburse the supplemental $600 a week benefit. Those payments are expected to begin by the end of next week. Time is critical and precious for those who are out of work.
— NCDHHS (@ncdhhs) April 9, 2020
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Is disburse used correctly in the following sentence?
The contract says that they will disburse payments on the first of the month.
Example sentences from the Web for disburse
Life-saving vaccines for those illnesses and others are—without enough medical workers to disburse them—going unused.
The fund would then disburse the money based on a formula, providing regular payments until the endowment is exhausted.One National Compassion Fund for All of America’s Tragedies|David Freedlander|March 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A caretaker administration could work with European leaders and disburse the next tranche of bailout money.
Additionally, only the government will disburse federal student loans, instead of using banks as middleman.
In order to set yourself up with the needful apparatus, you will have to disburse about five shillings.
For should his gentleman fail to disburse he could always return Sir Oliver to shore.The Sea-Hawk|Raphael Sabatini
For this purpose he should be ex officio a member of all committees required to receive and disburse funds.Organizing and Building Up the Sunday School|Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Regularly rationed and supplied with tobacco, they wait cheerfully till the military chest is in condition to disburse arrears.
Lane was to receive and disburse all moneys, and have general charge of the business matters of the concern.Jim Spurling, Fisherman|Albert Walter Tolman