distribute

  • 1 distribute — distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole are comparable when they mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. Distribute implies either an apportioning among many by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts, and… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 distribute — dis·trib·ute /di stri byüt/ vt ut·ed, ut·ing 1: to divide among several or many: apportion 2: to give out or deliver esp. to members of a group see also dividend …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 distribute — dis‧trib‧ute [dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] verb [transitive] 1. MARKETING COMMERCE to make goods available to customers after they have been produced: • The new products will be sold under the Lipton brand and distributed by Pepsi. 2 …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 Distribute — Dis*trib ute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distributed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Distributing}.] [L. distributus, p. p. of distribuere to divide, distribute; dis + tribuere to assign, give, allot. See {Tribute}.] 1. To divide among several or many; to deal out; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 distribute — [di strib′yo͞ot, di strib′yoot] vt. distributed, distributing [ME distributen < L distributus, pp. of distribuere, to distribute < dis , apart + tribuere, to allot: see TRIBUTE] 1. to divide and give out in shares; allot 2. to scatter or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 distribute — (v.) early 15c., to deal out or apportion, from L. distributus, pp. of distribuere to divide, distribute (see DISTRIBUTION (Cf. distribution)). Related: Distributable; distributed; distributing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 distribute — [v1] allocate, deliver, spread administer, allot, apportion, appropriate, assign, bestow, circulate, consign, convey, cut up, deal, deal out, diffuse, disburse, dish out*, dispense, disperse, dispose, disseminate, divide, divvy up*, dole out*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 Distribute — Dis*trib ute, v. i. To make distribution. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 distribute — To sort mail in order to group pieces according to a plan or scheme …

    Glossary of postal terms

  • 10 distribute — should be pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, although (as with contribute) pronunciation with stress on the first syllable is increasingly heard …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 distribute — ► VERB 1) hand or share out to a number of recipients. 2) (be distributed) be spread over an area. 3) supply (goods) to retailers. DERIVATIVES distributable adjective. ORIGIN Latin distribuere divide up …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 distribute — [[t]dɪstrɪ̱bjuːt[/t]] distributes, distributing, distributed 1) VERB If you distribute things, you hand them or deliver them to a number of people. [V n] Students shouted slogans and distributed leaflets... [V n to n] Thousands of soldiers are… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 distribute — v. 1) to distribute fairly; unfairly; widely 2) (B) the instructor distributed the test papers to the students 3) (D; tr.) to distribute among (to distribute food among the poor) * * * [dɪs trɪbju(ː)t] unfairly widely (B) the instructor… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 distribute — verb ( uted; uting) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin distributus, past participle of distribuere, from dis + tribuere to allot more at tribute Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to divide among several or many ; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 distribute — 01. Could you please [distribute] the answer sheets while I hand out the tests? 02. The [distribution] of food to the poor has been halted by government troops. 03. Alejandro s company is a major [distributor] of tequila in Europe. 04. Every… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 distribute */*/ — UK [dɪˈstrɪbjuːt] / US [dɪˈstrɪˌbjut] verb [transitive] Word forms distribute : present tense I/you/we/they distribute he/she/it distributes present participle distributing past tense distributed past participle distributed 1) a) to give… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 distribute — dis|trib|ute [ dı strı,bjut ] verb transitive ** 1. ) to give something such as food, clothes, or money to a group of people, especially so that each person gets an equal share: The two men were convicted of distributing antigovernment leaflets.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 distribute —   Ho omāhelehele, ho olaha; ho omalele (rare).    ♦ Distribute small amounts, kau li ili i.    ♦ Distribute one at a time, pākahi.    ♦ Distribute one at a time to several, pākakahi.    ♦ To mark out for distribution, as land, kākau …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 19 distribute — distributable, adj. /di strib yooht/, v.t., distributed, distributing. 1. to divide and give out in shares; deal out; allot. 2. to disperse through a space or over an area; spread; scatter. 3. to promote, sell, and ship or deliver (an item or… …

    Universalium

  • 20 distribute — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. allot, parcel, apportion; disperse, scatter; divide, classify. See apportionment, arrangement, dispersion. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To allot] Syn. dispense, divide, share, deal, dole, bestow, issue,… …

    English dictionary for students


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