The act of paying out or disbursing money. Disbursements can include money paid out to run a business, spending cash, dividend payments, and/or the amounts that a lawyer might have to pay out on a person's behalf in connection with a transaction.

When money is disbursed, it is a cash outflow. Cash flow is a measure of the cash inflow, revenue, and cash outflows, or disbursements. Ideally, there will be more money flowing in than flowing out. If cash flow is negative (in other words disbursements are higher than revenues), it can be an early warning of potential insolvency.

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  • disbursement — dis‧burse‧ment [dɪsˈbɜːsmənt ǁ ɜːr ] noun formal [countable, uncountable] ACCOUNTING a payment of money made by a professional person such as a lawyer when doing work for their client. The professional person can then claim the money back from… …   Financial and business terms

  • Disbursement — Dis*burse ment, n. [Cf. F. d[ e]boursement.] 1. The act of disbursing or paying out. [1913 Webster] The disbursement of the public moneys. U. S. Statutes. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is disbursed or paid out; as, the annual disbursements exceed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disbursement — I (act of disbursing) noun alloting, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assigning by lot, compensating, dealing out, dispersal, disposal, disseminating, dissemination, dividing, handing out, laying out, outgo, outlay, parceling out II (funds …   Law dictionary

  • disbursement — (n.) 1590s; see DISBURSE (Cf. disburse) + MENT (Cf. ment) …   Etymology dictionary

  • disbursement — [n] payment cost, disposal, expenditure, expense, outgoing, outlay, spending; concept 344 Ant. deposit, hoard, savings …   New thesaurus

  • disbursement — [disbʉrs′mənt] n. 1. the act of disbursing 2. money disbursed; expenditure …   English World dictionary

  • disbursement — [[t]dɪsbɜ͟ː(r)smənt[/t]] disbursements 1) N UNCOUNT Disbursement is the paying out of a sum of money, especially from a fund. [FORMAL] Syn: payment 2) N COUNT A disbursement is a sum of money that is paid out. [FORMAL] Syn: payment …   English dictionary

  • disbursement — UK [dɪsˈbɜː(r)smənt] / US [dɪsˈbɜrsmənt] noun Word forms disbursement : singular disbursement plural disbursements very formal a) [countable] an amount of money that is paid from a fund (= an amount of money available for a particular purpose) b) …   English dictionary

  • disbursement — mokėjimas statusas T sritis Gynyba apibrėžtis Mokėjimo atlikimas. atitikmenys: angl. disbursement ryšiai: susijęs terminas – elektroninis lėšų pervedimas šaltinis NATO mokymų ir pratybų finansavimo terminų žodynas AAP 43(1), 2009 …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • disbursement — disburse ► VERB ▪ pay out (money from a fund). DERIVATIVES disbursal noun disbursement noun. ORIGIN Old French desbourser, from bourse purse …   English terms dictionary

  • disbursement — noun Date: 1596 the act of disbursing; also funds paid out …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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