disburse

[dis-burs]
verb (used with object), disbursed, disbursing.
1.
to pay out (money), especially for expenses; expend.
2.
to distribute or scatter: Our troops were disbursed over a wide area. She disbursed the flowers to the children.

Origin:
1520–30; < Middle French desbourser, Old French desborser, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -borser, derivative of borse purse < Late Latin bursa bag

disbursable, adjective
disburser, noun
nondisbursable, adjective
nondisbursed, adjective
redisburse, verb (used with object), redisbursed, redisbursing.
undisbursed, adjective
well-disbursed, adjective

disburse, disperse.


1. lay out. See spend.
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disburse (dɪsˈbɜːs)
 
vb
(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
 
dis'bursable
 
adj
 
dis'bursement
 
n
 
dis'burser
 
n

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disburse
1520s, from O.Fr. desbourser (13c.), from des- "dis-" + bourse "purse" (see bursar). Related: Disbursed.
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Example sentences
In other words, bring in taxes and then disburse the money they have gathered up.
Marshals must account for all money they receive and disburse.
It's possible that you may have an ear infection or a buildup of fluid that
  failed to disburse from your ear after landing.
Collect, record and disburse fees and fines in accordance with statute, court
  orders and policy.
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