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

n the act of spending or disbursing money

disbursal, outlay, spending
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

n amounts paid for goods and services that may be currently tax deductible (as opposed to capital expenditures)

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
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the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor

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