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distribute
WordNet 2.0
  • cause to become widely known
  • "spread information"
  • "circulate a rumor"
  • "broadcast the news"
  • distribute or disperse widely
  • "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
  • to arrange in a systematic order
  • "stagger the chairs in the lecture hall"
  • cause to be distributed
  • "This letter is circulating among the faculty"
  • give out
  • "The teacher handed out the exams"
  • administer or bestow, as in small portions
  • "administer critical remarks to everyone present"
  • "dole out some money"
  • "shell out pocket money for the children"
  • "deal a blow to someone"
  • make available
  • "The publisher wants to distribute the book in Asia"
  • be mathematically distributive
  • be distributed or spread, as in statistical analyses
  • "Values distribute"
  • spread throughout a given area
  • "the function distributes the values evenly"
distribute
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; to apportion; to allot.

    "She did distribute her goods to all them that were nearest of kindred." -- Judith xvi. 24.

    2. To dispense; to administer; as, to distribute justice. Shak.

    3. To divide or separate, as into classes, orders, kinds, or species; to classify; to assort, as specimens, letters, etc.

    4. (Printing) (a) To separate (type which has been used) and return it to the proper boxes in the cases. (b) To spread (ink) evenly, as upon a roller or a table.

    5. (Logic) To employ (a term) in its whole extent; to take as universal in one premise.

    "A term is said to be distributed when it is taken universal, so as to stand for everything it is capable of being applied to." -- Whately.

    Syn. -- To dispense; deal out; apportion; allot; share; assign; divide.

  • 1. To make distribution.

    "Distributing to the necessity of saints." -- Rom. xii. 13.

 

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