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Definition pay out — usually from a fund or treasury
  • disburse the funds
  • The charity will disburse more than $2 million in assistance.
  • I want everyone in bed with the lights out by nine o'clock," he called out to his players who slowly disbursed.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • So also he disbursed three hundred francs for a wooden leg that she thought proper to make a present of to Hippolyte.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "The moneys your Lordship disbursed for our person will be made good from our own treasury," said Caspian.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • Madam, your father here doth intimate The payment of a hundred thousand crowns; Being but the one half of an entire sum Disbursed by my father in his wars.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • To Hussain, Mortenson disbursed an additional five hundred dollars, so he could have the engine of the aging Land Cruiser that had logged so many miles overhauled.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • And the first disbursement I desire to be made is the payment of the wages I owe for the time my housekeeper has served me, with twenty ducats, over and above, for a gown.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • That now Sweno, the Norways' king, craves composition; Nor would we deign him burial of his men Till he disbursed, at Saint Colme's-inch, Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • I am not furnished with the present money; Besides I have some business in the town: Good Signior, take the stranger to my house, And with you take the chain, and bid my wife Disburse the sum on the receipt thereof; Perchance I will be there as soon as you.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • With the Barbours, my lack of pocket money had been a continual worry; having always to hit Mrs. Barbour up for lunch money, lab fees at school, and other small expenses had occasioned dread and anxiety quite out of proportion to the sums she carelessly disbursed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I received of the general about eight hundred pounds, to be disbursed in advance-money to the waggon owners, etc.; but, that sum being insufficient, I advanc'd upward of two hundred pounds more, and in two weeks the one hundred and fifty waggons, with two hundred and fifty-nine carrying horses, were on their march for the camp.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • In its never-resting concern for its guests, a thoughtful management had decided to add another amusing gadget to the collection in the main social room—purchased at a price we do not care to estimate, but that must have been considerable, a handsome disbursement on the part of the administration of this highly recommended institution.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The actual conduct of foreign negotiations, the preparatory plans of finance, the application and disbursement of the public moneys in conformity to the general appropriations of the legislature, the arrangement of the army and navy, the directions of the operations of war, these, and other matters of a like nature, constitute what seems to be most properly understood by the administration of government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It will be months, probably years before Mr. Hubbard's money is finally disbursed, and as of right now we really don't know who'll get it.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • A committee of his political party has besought him for a hundred or two of dollars, in addition to his previous disbursements, towards carrying on the fall campaign.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • For his former fighters, he'd built a thriving bazaar and disbursed small loans so they could start businesses, helping to ease the transition from mujahid to merchant.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I found on further investigation that this was so, or at least there was an agreement between him and my aunt that he should account to her for all his disbursements.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • We all knew how Mom had reacted to Papaw's death, but Mamaw's death created new pressures: It was time to wind down the estate, figure out Mamaw's debts, dispose of her property, and disburse what remained.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • The general, too, was highly satisfied with my conduct in procuring him the waggons, etc., and readily paid my account of disbursements, thanking me repeatedly, and requesting my farther assistance in sending provisions after him.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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