Disbursement means the payment of money from a fund or account. If the disbursement of paychecks at your job was delayed because your boss forgot to fill out some paperwork, you'd probably be furious.

Disbursement is a noun that describes the spending or distributing of money. Governments manage the disbursement of funds to various departments and groups. The word disbursement comes from the Old French word desbourser, "extract money from a purse," with bourse meaning "purse." Don't confuse disbursement with dispersement, which means "separating or scattering."

Definitions of disbursement
  1. noun
    the act of spending or disbursing money
    synonyms: disbursal, outlay, spending
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    expending, expenditure
    the act of spending money for goods or services
    compensatory spending, deficit spending, pump priming
    spending money raised by borrowing; used by governments to stimulate their economy
    type of:
    defrayal, defrayment, payment
    the act of paying money
  2. noun
    amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)
    synonyms: disbursal, expense
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    business expense, trade expense
    ordinary and necessary expenses incurred in a taxpayer's business or trade
    interest expense
    interest paid on loans
    lobbying expense
    expenses incurred in promoting or evaluating legislation
    medical expense
    amount spent for diagnosis or treatment or prevention of medical problems
    non-cash expense
    an expense (such as depreciation) that is not paid for in cash
    moving expense
    the cost of moving your residence from one location to another
    budget items, operating cost, operating expense, overhead
    the expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes
    personal expense
    the cost of personal or family living
    organization expense
    the cost (over a period of five years) of organizing a new corporation or partnership
    promotional expense
    the cost of promoting a product
    depreciation, wear and tear
    decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use
    type of:
    the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor
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