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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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