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disburse

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French desbourser (modern: débourser). Equivalent to dis- +‎ burse (purse).

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VerbEdit

disburse (third-person singular simple present disburses, present participle disbursing, simple past and past participle disbursed)

  1. (finance) To pay out, expend; usually from a public fund or treasury.

Usage notesEdit

  • Do not confuse with the scattering word disperse, despite similarity.

SynonymsEdit

(to pay out): shell out (informal), cough up (informal), fork out (informal), fork over (informal)

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