Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pay out, as from a fund; expend. See Synonyms at spend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pay out, expend; usually from a public fund or treasury

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pay out; to expend; -- usually from a public fund or treasury.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pay out, as money; spend or lay out; expend.
  • n. A payment or disbursement.

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

  • v. expend, as from a fund

Etymologies

Obsolete French desbourser, from Old French desborser : des-, dis- + borse, purse (from Late Latin bursa; see bursa).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French desbourser (modern: débourser). Equivalent to dis- + burse ("purse"). (Wiktionary)

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