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disperse

dis·perse

disperse

 
pronunciation:
dih spuhrs
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive 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:
diffuse, dispel, dissipate, radiate, sprinkle
definition 2: to distribute widely; disseminate.
Birds help trees disperse their seeds.My job was to disperse leaflets about the sale.
synonyms:
broadcast, circulate, disseminate, distribute, spread
antonyms:
accumulate, collect, gather
similar words:
diffuse, dissipate, sow, strew
definition 3: to cause to disappear, as though by being driven away; dispel.
synonyms:
dispel, dissipate
similar words:
disband, remove
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to break up and scatter.
The crowd dispersed quickly when the heavy rain started.
synonyms:
dissolve, scatter
antonyms:
assemble, collect, concentrate, congregate, gather, huddle
similar words:
diffuse, disband
definition 2: to disappear or dissipate.
The ground fog dispersed as the day began to dawn.
synonyms:
disappear, dissipate, vanish
antonyms:
collect
similar words:
dissolve, evanesce, evaporate
derivations: dispersible (adj.), dispersedly (adv.), disperser (n.)
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