Definition of Distribute

1. Verb. Administer or bestow, as in small portions. "They distribute the people the food"; "The machine dispenses soft drinks"

2. Verb. Distribute or disperse widely. "The invaders spread their language all over the country"

3. Verb. Make available. "Sam and Sue distribute the movie "; "The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia"
Generic synonyms: Transfer
Specialized synonyms: Issue, Supply, Reticulate
Derivative terms: Distributer, Distribution, Distributor

4. Verb. Give to several people. "The teacher handed out the exams"
Exact synonyms: Give Out, Hand Out, Pass Out
Generic synonyms: Gift, Give, Present
Specialized synonyms: Apportion, Deal, Divvy Up, Portion Out, Share
Derivative terms: Distributive

5. Verb. Cause be distributed. "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
Exact synonyms: Circulate, Pass Around, Pass On
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Specialized synonyms: Send Around, Utter, Scatter, Spread, Spread Out
Derivative terms: Circular, Circulation, Circulation, Circulation

6. Verb. Cause to become widely known. "Broadcast the news"

7. Verb. Spread throughout a given area. "The function distributes the values evenly"
Generic synonyms: Scatter, Spread, Spread Out

8. Verb. Be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses. "Values distribute"
Generic synonyms: Be, Exist

9. Verb. Be mathematically distributive.
Generic synonyms: Be

10. Verb. To arrange in a systematic order. "Stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
Exact synonyms: Stagger
Generic synonyms: Arrange, Set Up

Definition of Distribute

1. v. t. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.

2. v. i. To make distribution.

Definition of Distribute

1. Verb. (transitive) To divide into portions and dispense. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To supply to retail outlets. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To deliver or pass out. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To scatter or spread. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To apportion (more or less evenly). ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To classify or separate into categories. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive mathematics) To be distributive. ¹

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Definition of Distribute


Lexicographical Neighbors of Distribute

distribute (current term)
distributed computing
distributed data processing
distributed effort
distributed fire
distributing artery

Literary usage of Distribute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1881)
"TO DISPENSE, distribute. DISPENSE, from the Latin pendo, to pay or bestow, signifies to bestow in different directions; and distribute, from the Latin ..."

2. Bishop Burnet's History of His Own Time: From the Restoration of Charles II by Gilbert Burnet (1840)
"... and when men's offerings are free (and yet are called for every time they go to church or to sacrament), this will oblige those who distribute them to ..."

3. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1906)
"He proposed, he said, to distribute among the four-and- twenty States the net ... This he proposed to distribute on May first, 1836; two millions and more ..."

4. The Works of Rufus Choate: With a Memoir of His Life by Rufus Choate, Samuel Gilman Brown (1862)
"They take in trust to distribute ; and every motive of ambition, of interest, of duty, will compel them to distribute. They buy in gross, to sell by retail. ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1891)
"After one of his flights he returned to London to see hi.s dying mother, when a Bow Street runner seized him as he was knocking at the door. To distribute j ..."

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