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disperse

dis·perse

disperse

 
 
pronunciation:
dih spuhrs
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part of speech: verb
inflections: dispersed, disperses, dispersing
definition 1: to drive away in all directions; scatter.
A gunshot dispersed the flock of geese.
synonyms:
distribute, scatter
antonyms:
assemble, collect, congregate, gather, huddle
similar words:
dispel
definition 2: to spread or distribute in a wide area.
My job was to disperse leaflets about the sale.Birds help trees disperse their seeds.
synonyms:
broadcast, distribute, spread
antonyms:
accumulate, collect, gather
similar words:
sow
definition 3: to break up and scatter.
The crowd dispersed as soon as the police arrived.
synonyms:
dissolve, scatter
antonyms:
assemble, concentrate, congregate, gather, huddle
derivations: dispersible (adj.), dispersedly (adv.), disperser (n.)
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