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English verb: distribute

1. distribute (possession) administer or bestow, as in small portions


SamplesAdminister critical remarks to everyone present.
Dole out some money.
Shell out pocket money for the children.
Deal a blow to someone.
The machine dispenses soft drinks.


Synonymsadminister, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)give


Narrower (hyponym)allot, apply, assign, deal, give, portion, reallot

2. distribute (contact) distribute or disperse widely


SamplesThe invaders spread their language all over the country.


Synonymsspread


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


Narrower (hyponym)deploy, diffuse, discharge, export, fan out, generalise, generalize, metastasise, metastasize, propagate, redistribute, sprawl, spread, spread out, straggle, straw, strew


Antonymsgather, pull together, collect, garner

3. distribute (social) make available


SamplesThe publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia.


ExamplesSam and Sue distribute the movie


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)transfer


Narrower (hyponym)issue, reticulate, supply

4. distribute (possession) give to several people


SamplesThe teacher handed out the exams.


Synonymsgive out, hand out, pass out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)gift, give, present


Narrower (hyponym)apportion, deal, divvy up, portion out, share

5. distribute (motion) cause be distributed


SamplesThis letter is being circulated among the faculty.


Synonymscirculate, pass around, pass on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)scatter, send around, spread, spread out, utter

6. distribute (communication) cause to become widely known


SamplesSpread information.
Circulate a rumor.
Broadcast the news.


Synonymsbroadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, 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

7. distribute (stative) spread throughout a given area


SamplesThe function distributes the values evenly.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)scatter, spread, spread out


Verb groupdistribute

8. distribute (stative) be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses


SamplesValues distribute.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be, exist


Verb groupdistribute

9. distribute (stative) be mathematically distributive


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be

10. distribute (contact) to arrange in a systematic order


SamplesStagger the chairs in the lecture hall.


Synonymsstagger


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


Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up









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