from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or process of disbursing.
  • noun Money paid out; expenditure.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of paying out or expending, as money.
  • noun Money paid out; an amount or sum expended, as from a trust or a corporate or public fund: as, the disbursements of the treasury, or of an executor or a guardian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of disbursing or paying out.
  • noun That which is disbursed or paid out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act, instance, or process of disbursing.
  • noun Money paid out or spent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of spending or disbursing money
  • noun amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word disbursement.


  • She works for a bank in Maine and she's a what she calls a disbursement specialist.

    CNN Transcript Aug 28, 2001 2001

  • "My word ain't good enough for the new guv'nor; he wants what he calls a disbursement sheet."

    More Cargoes 1897 1903

  • "My word ain't good enough for the new guv'nor; he wants what he calls a disbursement sheet."

    Sea Urchins 1903

  • Without that latest disbursement, which is part of a €110 billion bailout package Greece received in May 2010, the government will run out of money by mid-November.

    Nationwide Strike Follows Latest Round of Greek Cuts Alkman Granitsas 2011

  • Addressing the Johannesburg Press Club on the eve of the national lottery's first anniversary, Khoza said that although the disbursement was the government's prerogative, he had the news on good authority and was confident the funds would be distributed.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2001

  • So to get an estimate of what you may owe come tax time, or to find out when you can expect your fund's disbursement which is usually this month or next, go to your mutual fund's Web site.

    CNN Transcript Nov 15, 2006 2006

  • MR. GIBBS: Or a disbursement which is the payment?

    White Press Office Feed 2010

  • The success of the project depends on the allocation and disbursement of the fund into the development works. posted by Neel @ 3: 27 PM

    Archive 2009-02-01 2009

  • The bank would give emphasizing on disbursement of advances to sectors like agriculture and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

    Archive 2009-04-01 2009

  • Passage is seen as a prerequisite for Greece to receive the next disbursement of a €110 billion $151 billion aid package it was given last year.

    Greece Gears Up for More Unrest Alkman Granitsas 2011


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Interesting! God measures wealth by the quality of our lives and our generous disbursement of wealth to bless others. ODB June-17, 2011.

    June 17, 2011

  • ODB is Old Dirty Bastard, right?

    June 17, 2011

  • Right.

    June 17, 2011