Definition of disburse in English:



[with object]
  • Pay out (money from a fund)

    ‘$67 million of the pledged aid had already been disbursed’
    • ‘Almost $1.5 million will have been paid out when the funds are completely disbursed.’
    • ‘He could establish or dissolve public institutions and he had the right to disburse public funds.’
    • ‘The sub-district office disburses funds, which came from the taxation of stores and companies located in that district, to the committees.’
    • ‘However, the panel of judges said that he was not responsible for the violation because the funds were disbursed by the bank's board of directors.’
    • ‘We hope that the government will disburse the money before that time,’ he said.’
    • ‘These individuals are able to disburse their funds quite easily.’
    • ‘The Governor has confirmed that the fund was disbursed without his approval as the chief commissioner of the company.’
    • ‘Six months after its launch the fund has no administrative structures and has disbursed no money.’
    • ‘It disburses funds only after work on a project run by a new local organization is complete or as bills arrive.’
    • ‘The federal government said it was studying whether to disburse relief funds to the state.’
    • ‘Not only will the treasury unit have authority to disburse funds to ministries and government institutions, but it will also be responsible for finding resources to finance the state budget.’
    • ‘The funds are disbursed through banks to the schools' accounts.’
    • ‘A huge amount of additional funds were also disbursed by the government to the bank to repay depositors amid massive runs.’
    • ‘However, it is still unclear when the administration intended to disburse the funds to the victims and who would be defined as a poor resident.’
    • ‘Many a time mutual trust and goodwill have been lost due to dishonesty among some agents, organisations, individuals or even politicians entrusted with responsibilities to disburse such funds.’
    • ‘The expectation of the donors was that charities receiving the funds would disburse the money to needy victims just as quickly.’
    • ‘If you have an interest in preserving fiction - you might, for example, give loud and serious thought to how your local Arts Council disburses its funds.’
    • ‘The second option is to act on behalf of a bank in processing an application and disburse the funds, both for a fee.’
    • ‘Asked if he knew whether the funds were disbursed legally, he said he did not know, but asserted that the disbursement of the funds could be accounted for.’
    • ‘He and other suspects in the same case had claimed the funds were disbursed to provide food aid packages for the needy.’
    pay out, lay out, spend, expend, dole out, hand out, part with, donate, give
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Mid 16th century: from Old French desbourser, from des- (expressing removal) + bourse ‘purse’.