Disbursement means paying out money. The term disbursement may be used to describe money paid into a business’ operating budget, the delivery of a loan amount to a borrower, or the payment of a dividend to shareholders. Money paid by an intermediary, such as a lawyer’s payment to a third party on behalf of a client, may also be called a disbursement.
To a business, disbursement is part of cash flow. It is a record of day-to-day expenses. If cash flow is negative, meaning that disbursements are higher than revenues, it can be an early warning of insolvency.
A disbursement is the actual delivery of funds from a bank account.