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English adjective: diffuse

1. diffuse spread out; not concentrated in one place

SamplesA large diffuse organization.



2. diffuse (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

Synonymsdiffused, soft

Antonymsconcentrated, hard

3. diffuse lacking conciseness

SamplesA diffuse historical novel.



English verb: diffuse

1. diffuse (motion) move outward

SamplesThe soldiers fanned out.

Synonymsfan out, spread, spread out

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

Broader (hypernym)distribute, spread

Narrower (hyponym)bleed, creep, mantle, percolate, run

2. diffuse (contact) spread or diffuse through

SamplesAn atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration.
Music penetrated the entire building.
His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks.

Synonymsimbue, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, pervade, riddle

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)spiritise, spiritize

3. diffuse (communication) cause to become widely known

SamplesSpread information.
Circulate a rumor.
Broadcast the news.

Synonymsbroadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, disperse, 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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