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English adjective: diffuse

1. diffuse spread out; not concentrated in one place


SamplesA large diffuse organization.


Similardistributed


Antonymsconcentrated

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


Synonymsdiffused, soft


Antonymsconcentrated, hard

3. diffuse lacking conciseness


SamplesA diffuse historical novel.


Similarprolix


Antonymsconcise


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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