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I know impart means "to give" and is used commonly with knowledge, as in "impart knowledge"...but can I say that a government scheme "imparted money" to the beneficiaries?

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  • I suppose you could, but I don't know why you'd want to. Nobody seems to. – J.R. Jun 2 '17 at 19:49
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    Impart is normally used with non-concrete things, like knowledge, wisdom, a sense of security, and what have you. It would be very strange to use it with respect to money, and to do so would likely flag you right away as a non-native speaker or someone otherwise not very capable in English. – Robusto Jun 2 '17 at 20:05
  • Dispense is a better fit. – Davo Jun 2 '17 at 20:15
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According to the Cambrigde Dictionary, to impart means:

  • to communicate information to someone:

    • e.g., to impart the bad news: I was rather quiet as I didn't feel I had much wisdom to impart on the subject.
  • to give something a particular feeling, quality, or taste:

    • Preservatives can impart colour and flavour to a product.
  • to give a feeling or quality to something, or to make information known to someone:

    • If the movie has any lesson to impart, it’s that parents shouldn’t aim for perfection.

As you can see, none of the meanings involves money (or anything that you can touch, for that matter).

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