• WordNet 3.6
    • v disburse expend, as from a fund
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Disburse To pay out; to expend; -- usually from a public fund or treasury. "The duty of collecting and disbursing his revenues."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disburse To pay out, as money; spend or lay out; expend.
    • n disburse A payment or disbursement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disburse dis-burs′ to pay out
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desbourser, F. débourser,; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + bourse, purse. See Burse, and cf. Dispurse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desbourser, des—L. dis, apart, and bourse, a purse.


In literature:

I have seen a French manuscript, containing accounts of some private disbursements of this king.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part B. From Henry III. to Richard III." by David Hume
List of disbursements: think of it, Slater!
"Double Trouble" by Herbert Quick
All the large disbursements of money came from Mrs. Royston's own share of her husband's fortune.
"The Ordeal" by Charles Egbert Craddock
After not very long we pull up to disburse the road toll at a wayside collecting house.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It is the channel through which millions of dollars have been disbursed to families in the time of their sorest need.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
Hence the total dues and disbursements became equal to 11 1/3 per cent.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
I will gladly repay you for the money you disbursed on his account.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
She was the economist, bursar and disburser.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Likewise they collected and disbursed taxes.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
The paymaster has been disbursing his funds for the past three days, and the boys are all in excellent spirits.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
Whenever he disbursed gold, he muttered a certain charm, known only to himself, and next morning the gold was safe again in his own possession.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Sherley had not liked it, and disbursed y^e money.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
The one thing which Captain Fazackerly remembered clearly the next morning when he awoke was the disbursement sheet.
"More Cargoes" by W. W. Jacobs
Lane was to receive and disburse all moneys, and have general charge of the business matters of the concern.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
He had plenty of Money, but he would not disburse a Red Liard.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
In addition to the amount disbursed by the Sanitary Department, the city spent $55,765.43 the same year in constructing sewers.
"Atlanta" by Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
There was no record of disbursements.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
Those princely disbursements night after night in Alexandria postulated some source of supply.
"Command" by William McFee
The actual amount disbursed, however, was much smaller.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
In providing food and drink for the household, she had to manage receipts and disbursements of considerable amounts.
"Women of Mediæval France" by Pierce Butler

In poetry:

"If Justice Philips' costive head
Some frigid Rhymes disburses;
They shall like Persian Tales be read,
And glad both Babes and Nurses.
"Sandys Ghost ; A Proper Ballad on the New Ovid's Metamorphosis" by Alexander Pope
In the twilight of my audacity
I saw you flee the world, the burnt highways
Of summer gave up their light: I
Followed you with the uncommon span
Of fear-supported and disbursed eyes.
"Ignis Fatuus" by Allen Tate
Although then others court you, if ye know
What's done on earth, we shall not fare the worse,
Who do not so;
Since we are ever ready to disburse,
If any one our Master's hand can show.
"To All Angels And Saints" by George Herbert

In news:

The grant award is actually $42 million to be disbursed over five years, with Robinson explaining that the district will receive $15.3 million for use initially.
Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, has dismissed a legal case in which she was trying to change the way granddaughter Bobbi Kristina's $20 million dollar inheritance would be disbursed to the 18 year old.
Collier commissioners don't join group seeking a say in BP settlement disbursal .
Aim is to disburse funds to Greece by end-Nov.
450,000 left to disburse .
IMF Won't Disburse Greek Loan If Debt Not Sustainable.
A living trust , on the other hand, is designed to protect your and your family's assets from high taxes, probate, probate expenses, public inspection, and prolonged disbursement of funds.
Steve Steinway, CEO of Propur Water Purification Systems, donated 12 Propur King water purification systems to the Oceanside Fire District in New York for disbursement to district fire stations in need of clean water.
Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative energy companies since 2010 but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for its efforts.
Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative-energy companies since 2010, but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it.
JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi has disbursed nearly $227 million in aid to six alternative-energy companies since 2010, but so far has fewer than 500 jobs to show for it.
Taking all of these facts into consideration, it appears that archers likely will encounter a healthy population, but also a very disbursed population.
This, only weeks after the county disbursed $6.7 million in $100 checks to each property owner in Frederick County.
The International Monetary Fund will not disburse Greece's next bailout tranche until the country completes a voluntary buy back of its debt, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.
Ken Feinberg, second from right, meets with Aurora theater shooting victims at the Aurora Public Library to discuss how the $5 million victims fund will be disbursed.