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English verb: disperse

1. disperse (contact) distribute loosely


SamplesHe scattered gun powder under the wagon.


Synonymsdot, dust, scatter, sprinkle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)discharge


Narrower (hyponym)aerosolise, aerosolize, bespangle, plash, spatter, splash, splash, splatter, splosh, splosh, spray, spray, sprinkle, swash

2. disperse (motion) to cause to separate and go in different directions


SamplesShe waved her hand and scattered the crowds.


Synonymsbreak up, dispel, dissipate, scatter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)divide, separate


Narrower (hyponym)disband

3. disperse (change) cause to separate


SamplesBreak up kidney stones.
Disperse particles.


Synonymsbreak up, scatter


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Narrower (hyponym)backscatter

4. disperse (motion) move away from each other


SamplesThe crowds dispersed.
The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached.


Synonymsdissipate, scatter, spread out


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)part, separate, split


Narrower (hyponym)aerosolise, aerosolize, break, volley

5. disperse (contact) separate (light) into spectral rays


SamplesThe prosm disperses light.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)separate

6. disperse (communication) cause to become widely known


SamplesSpread information.
Circulate a rumor.
Broadcast the news.


Synonymsbroadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)air, bare, publicise, publicize


Narrower (hyponym)carry, generalise, generalize, podcast, popularise, popularize, run, sow, vulgarise, vulgarize


Causecirculate, go around, spread


Verb groupcirculate, go around, spread









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