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pay out; spend
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tr.v. dis·bursed, dis·burs·ing, dis·burs·es
To pay out, as from a fund; expend. See Synonyms at spend.
[Obsolete French desbourser, from Old French desborser : des-, dis- + borse, purse (from Late Latin bursa; see bursa).]
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(tr) to pay out
[C16: from Old French desborser, from des- dis-1 + borser to obtain money, from borse bag, from Late Latin bursa]
Usage: Disburse is sometimes wrongly used where disperse is meant: the police used a water cannon to disperse (not disburse) the crowd
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v.t. -bursed, -burs•ing.
1. to pay out (money), esp. for expenses; expend.
2. to distribute.
[1520–30; < Middle French desbourser, Old French desborser=des- dis-1 + -borser, derivative of borse purse< Late Latin bursa bag]
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Past participle: disbursed
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|Verb||1.||disburse - expend, as from a fund|
pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
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verb pay out, spend, lay out, fork out (slang), expend, shell out (informal) The aid will not be disbursed until next year.
Usage: Disburse is sometimes wrongly used where disperse is meant: the police used water cannons to disperse (not disburse) the crowd.
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disburse[dɪsˈbɜːs] VT (frm) → desembolsar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
disburse[dɪsˈbɜːrs] vt (formal) [+ money] → débourser
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
vt → aus(be)zahlen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
disburse[dɪsˈbɜːs] vt (frm) → sborsare
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