An adaptation of Latin dissēmināt-, the perfect passive participial stem of dissēminō (“I broadcast”, “I disseminate”), from dis- (“in all directions”) + sēminō (“I plant”, “I sow”), from sēmen (“seed”).
- (transitive) To sow and scatter principles, ideas, opinions, etc, or concrete things, for growth and propagation, like seeds.
- (intransitive) To become widespread.
- The values of the human rights movement have disseminated throughout the world.
to disseminate — see disperse
transitive: to sow and scatter principles, etc. for propagation, like seed
intransitive: to become scattered
- disseminate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- disseminate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.