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

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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.
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The consequent traffic is so grave that, last year, councils in England and Wales demanded that the government disburse £1bn a year to them so they could repair roads and tackle congestion.

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

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