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disburse

[dis-burs] /dɪsˈbɜrs/
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
1520-1530
1520-30; < Middle French desbourser, Old French desborser, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -borser, derivative of borse purse < Late Latin bursa bag
Related forms
disbursable, adjective
disburser, noun
nondisbursable, adjective
nondisbursed, adjective
redisburse, verb (used with object), redisbursed, redisbursing.
undisbursed, adjective
well-disbursed, adjective
Can be confused
disburse, disperse.
Synonyms
1. lay out. See spend.
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British Dictionary definitions for disburser

disburse

/dɪsˈbɜːs/
verb
1.
(transitive) to pay out
Derived Forms
disbursable, adjective
disbursement, noun
disburser, noun
Usage note
Disburse is sometimes wrongly used where disperse is meant: the police used a water cannon to disperse (not disburse) the crowd
Word Origin
C16: from Old French desborser, from des-dis-1 + borser to obtain money, from borse bag, from Late Latin bursa
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Word Origin and History for disburser

disburse

v.

1520s, disbourse, from Old French desbourser (13c.) "extract (money) from a purse, spend (money)," from des- (see dis-) + bourse "purse" (see bursar). Related: Disbursed; disbursing.

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