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From Old French desbourser (modern: débourser). Equivalent to dis- + burse (“purse”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /dɪsˈbɝs/, [dɪsˈpɝs]
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)s
disburse (third-person singular simple present disburses, present participle disbursing, simple past and past participle disbursed)
- (finance) To pay out, expend; usually from a public fund or treasury.
- 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian:
- The consequent traffic is so grave that, last year, councils in England and Wales demanded that the government disburse £1bn a year to them so they could repair roads and tackle congestion.
- Do not confuse with disperse.
(to pay out): shell out (informal), cough up (informal), fork out (informal), fork over (informal)
to pay out