Definitions for: Distribute

[v] cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
[v] distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
[v] to arrange in a stack or pile; "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
[v] cause to be distributed; "This letter is circulating among the faculty"
[v] give out freely
[v] administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"
[v] make available; "The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*trib"ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distributed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Distributing.] [L. distributus, p. p. of
distribuere to divide, distribute; dis- + tribuere to assign,
give, allot. See Tribute.]
1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to
apportion; to allot.

She did distribute her goods to all them that were
nearest of kindred. --Judith xvi.

2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice.

3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or
species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters,

4. (Printing)
(a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it
to the proper boxes in the cases.
(b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.

5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as
universal in one premise.

A term is said to be distributed when it is taken
universal, so as to stand for everything it is
capable of being applied to. --Whately.

Syn: To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign;

Dis*trib"ute, v. i.
To make distribution.

Distributing to the necessity of saints. --Rom. xii.

Synonyms: administer, allot, broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, circulate, deal out, diffuse, dish out, dispense, disperse, disseminate, dole out, give away, give out, hand out, lot, mete out, parcel out, pass around, pass around, pass on, propagate, shell out, spread, spread, stack, stagger

Antonyms: collect, garner, gather, pull together

See Also: air, apply, apportion, arrange, assign, bare, carry, deal, deploy, diffuse, discharge, disperse, displace, dissipate, divvy up, expand, export, fan out, generalise, generalise, generalize, generalize, gift, give, go around, issue, metastasise, metastasize, move, popularise, popularize, portion, portion out, present, propagate, publicise, publicize, reallot, redistribute, reticulate, run, scatter, scatter, send around, set up, share, sough, sow, sprawl, spread, spread out, spread out, straggle, straw, strew, string out, supply, transfer, utter, vulgarise, vulgarize

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