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tr.v. dis·bursed, dis·burs·ing, dis·burs·es
To pay out, as from a fund; expend. See Synonyms at spend.
[Obsolete French desbourser, from Old French desborser : des-, dis- + borse, purse (from Late Latin bursa; see bursa).]
(tr) to pay out
[C16: from Old French desborser, from des- dis-1 + borser to obtain money, from borse bag, from Late Latin bursa]
Usage: Disburse is sometimes wrongly used where disperse is meant: the police used a water cannon to disperse (not disburse) the crowd
v.t. -bursed, -burs•ing.
1. to pay out (money), esp. for expenses; expend.
2. to distribute.
[1520–30; < Middle French desbourser, Old French desborser=des- dis-1 + -borser, derivative of borse purse< Late Latin bursa bag]
Past participle: disbursed
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|Verb||1.||disburse - expend, as from a fund|
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"