verb (used with object), dis·bursed, dis·burs·ing.

  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.


  1. (tr) to pay out

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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