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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
  • 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
  • And so he went on, putting values on ever so many more smashed figures, which, after the two arbitrators had adjusted them to the satisfaction of both parties, came to forty reals and three-quarters; and over and above this sum, which Sancho at once disbursed, Master Pedro asked for two reals for his trouble in catching the ape.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "What is to be done," said Sancho, "is this; you, the winner, be you good, bad, or indifferent, give this assailant of yours a hundred reals at once, and you must disburse thirty more for the poor prisoners; and you who have neither profession nor property, and hang about the island in idleness, take these hundred reals now, and some time of the day to-morrow quit the island under sentence of banishment for ten years, and under pain of completing it in another life if you violate the...
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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