disburse (v.) 1520s, disbourse, from O.Fr. desbourser (13c.) "extract (money) from a purse, spend (money)," from des- (see DIS- (Cf. dis-)) + bourse "purse" (see BURSAR (Cf. bursar)). Related: Disbursed; disbursing.

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  • disburse — I (distribute) verb administer, allocate, allot, apportion, assign, circulate, deal out. diffuse, discharge, dispense, disseminate, divide, dole out, give, give away, give out, hand out, make available, make distribution of, mete, parcel out,… …   Law dictionary

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  • disburse — [v] spend money acquit, ante up*, come across, come through, come up with, contribute, cough up*, deal, defray, dispense, disperse, distribute, divide, divvy*, dole out*, expend, foot the bill*, give, lay out*, measure out, outlay, partition, pay …   New thesaurus

  • disburse — ► VERB ▪ pay out (money from a fund). DERIVATIVES disbursal noun disbursement noun. ORIGIN Old French desbourser, from bourse purse …   English terms dictionary

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  • disburse — UK [dɪsˈbɜː(r)s] / US [dɪsˈbɜrs] verb [transitive] Word forms disburse : present tense I/you/we/they disburse he/she/it disburses present participle disbursing past tense disbursed past participle disbursed very formal to pay out money from a… …   English dictionary

  • disburse — transitive verb (disbursed; disbursing) Etymology: Middle French desbourser, from Old French desborser, from des dis + borse purse, from Medieval Latin bursa Date: 1530 1. a. to pay out ; expend especially from a f …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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